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Computer science is driving innovation—from the sciences to the arts. A look at any major news source reveals the effect of computer science and technology on the global economy. Yet in the majority of U.S. high schools, especially in low-income and underserved communities, students rarely have access to computer science classes.
Narrowly defined, computer science is based on a core set of problem-solving concepts; it has been defined as “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society” (Association of Computing Machinery, 2003). But it doesn’t stop there. Computer science is a lens and an entry into skills in critical and logical thinking that apply across all disciplines, including writing and the humanities.