Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for the first CITRIS Research Exchange of the spring semester with Dan Garcia.

Dan Garcia is a Teaching Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. He serves on the ACM Education Board, the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012. He has won all four departmental teaching awards.

Our Beauty and Joy of Computing course was chosen as one of the national pilots for the new Advanced Placement (AP): Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to broaden participation in computing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Locally offered as a non-majors computing course, BJC was the first introductory CS course in Cal’s recorded history to have greater than 50% female enrollment, and women usually outperform the men! We have reached thousands of learners worldwide though our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) BJCx, and we have provided professional development to over 300 high school teachers nationwide, with plans for 100 more this summer. This talk will review the state of the “computer science for all” movement, and share how we are moving the needle to transform high school computer science, bringing fun, engaging, and powerful introductory computing ideas to the world.

Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

Live broadcast at All talks may be viewed on our YouTube channel .

Live webcasting of each CITRIS Research Exchange seminar is available at these CITRIS campuses:
CITRIS @ Davis: 1065 Kemper Hall, College of Engineering, UC Davis


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online