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Rediscovering the Passion Beauty Joy and Awe Making Computing Fun Again part 3 Daniel D Garcia moderator Gail Chapman University of California Berkeley 777 Soda Hall Berkeley CA 94720 1 510 642 9595 Computer Science Teachers Association 2 Penn Plaza Suite 701 New York NY 10121 1 212 626 0507 ddgarcia cs berkeley edu gail chapman csta acm org Orit Hazzan Maggie Johnson Dept of Education in Technology Science Google Technion Israel Institute of Technology 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Haifa 32000 ISRAEL Mountain View CA 94043 9724 8293 107 1 650 253 7707 oritha techunix technion ac il maggiej google com Categories and Subject Descriptors K 3 2 Computer and Information Science Education Computer science education General Terms Experimentation Keywords Computer science education 1 SUMMARY In 2006 computing education was suffering from a crisis enrollments were dropping sharply at universities and colleges across the United States and interest in computing from high school and middle school students was waning significantly At the SIGCSE Symposium in 2007 the ACM Education Board organized a special session to explore the underlying causes 3 one of the culprits that emerged was the tarnished image of computing and computing professionals At the same conference keynote speaker Grady Booch shared that one of the metaskills lessons that should be taught is the passion beauty joy and awe PBJA of computing 2 This led to room packed special sessions at the following two SIGCSE symposia to explore that idea from different perspectives 4 6 The sessions have provided a forum for sharing What we ve done Highlighting successful PBJA initiatives the presenters have undertaken or have seen and wish to celebrate Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page To



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