WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement celebrating Computer Science Education Week, which is observed each year during the week of December 9th, to raise awareness about and encourage students to explore computer science.
“Before coming to Congress I worked as a computer programmer,” said Senator Rosen. “Computer Science Education Week is an opportunity to support and encourage our students to pursue an education in STEM. By instilling computer science skills in our children, we are preparing them to thrive in an increasingly technological world. I’m proud to have introduced legislation like my Building Blocks of STEM Act, which will help to increase participation in STEM and computer science, and I will continue to develop forward-thinking legislation that provides our children with the skills needed to succeed.”
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Rosen introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Building Blocks of STEM Act, S. 737, alongside Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). The bill would create and expand upon STEM education initiatives at NSF for young children, including new research grants to increase the participation of girls in computer science.
In July, Rosen introduced the bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act, S. 2154, which would direct the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity.