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Press Release: Maryland Education, Industry Leaders Look To Expand Computer Science In Schools

April 12 Event at UMBC to Focus on Computer Science Education

For Immediate Release                                        

Contact: Bill Reinhard, MSDE, 410-767-0486, Megan Hanks, UMBC, 410-455-5791

Baltimore, MD (April 7, 2016)

More than 200 educators, industry leaders, and legislators will gather at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) next week for the state’s largest Computing Education Summit.

The Summit, organized jointly by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and UMBC, aims to create a blueprint for expanding student access to computer science in Maryland schools.

MSDE Interim State Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith will launch the Summit at 9 a.m. on April 12 and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski will give the keynote address at 12:20 p.m.

Throughout the day, education and industry experts will lead sessions covering topics such as Maryland’s computer science initiatives, preparing computer science teachers, and the importance of computer science education throughout all levels of schooling.

WHO:  Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President, UMBC
            Dr. Jack R. Smith, Interim State Superintendent of Schools, MSDE
            Dr. Marie desJardins, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean
                  for Academic Affairs for the College of Engineering and Information Technology, UMBC
            Presenters and attendees from NASA,, CS Matters in Maryland, University of Maryland                   College Park, Project Lead the Way, Maryland's local schools systems, MSDE, and UMBC

WHAT:  Maryland Computing Education Summit

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 12, 2016
               9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    • 9:00 a.m. – Welcome address by MSDE Interim State Superintendent of Schools, Jack Smith
    • 12:20 p.m. – Keynote address by UMBC President, Freeman Hrabowski

WHERE:  University of Maryland Baltimore County
                University Center
                1000 Hilltop Circle
                Baltimore, MD 21250


To RSVP and request a parking code, contact Megan Hanks.