Governor Polis Announces Computer Science Education Week, Celebrates Colorado’s Future as a Quantum Leader

DENVER ~ Today, Governor Polis announced the celebration of Computer Science Education Week in Colorado. This annual event is designed to promote the field of computer science, draw students to learn more about it, and advocate for equity in the industry.

Computer science is a major part of everyday life, from technology to privacy and security. Those who learn computer science will be able to drive innovative programming and understand the social, ethical, economic, and environmental impacts of computing.

"Colorado is a national leader in emerging areas of computer science," said Governor Polis. "Coding, hardware development, and quantum computing research and development play an important role in our everyday life, and are important economic drivers in our state. We want to ensure that every Colorado student can engage with computer science and explore the many educational and career paths that computer science provides."

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Computer Science Education Week was first introduced in 2009 when Governor Polis joined Congressman Vernon Ehlers in introducing a Congressional Resolution recognizing the first annual Computer Science Education Week. During this week schools across the country will hold "Hour of Code" events to introduce students and families to the field. These events are created to make computer science more accessible to students and remove barriers to the field.

Eve Lieberman, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade said "Computer science is key to innovation and helps create new economic opportunities. When Colorado students of all ages and backgrounds are introduced to computer science, they have the opportunity to join a growing field that contributes to a strong economy that works for everyone and creates good-paying jobs for Coloradans."

Earlier this year Colorado was named a Regional Technology & Innovation Hub by the Federal Government which solidified its status as a national quantum leader. Fostering interest in computer science will help secure Colorado's role as a world leader in quantum technology. Zachary Yerushalmi Chief Executive & Regional Innovation Officer at Elevate Quantum said "Quantum will be as important to the next century as integrated circuits & internet were to last century."

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Lucy Sanders Founder of National Center for Women & Informational Technology (NCWIT) added "We have opportunity build diverse & inclusive industry offering vast array employment opportunities across different educational backgrounds both quantum & computer science more broadly."

Colorado has long history leading quantum industry with two large-scale quantum computing companies & many leading quantum companies including Atom Computing Infleqtion Maybell & Quantinuum plus four Nobel Prize-winning scientists for quantum research. To ensure future industry & innovative status it critical Colorado's students future leaders fall love Computer Science young age given educational tools need succeed continue lead nation celebrate Computer Science Education Week learning Hour Code event near you!

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