Transforming K-12 CS: The Beauty and Joy of Computing – Prof. Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley

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Date(s) - 01/08/2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Bhagirath, Persistent Systems Ltd, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016


The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is a computer science principles course developed at the University of California, Berkeley, intended to broaden participation in computing to non-traditional groups. Computing has profoundly changed the world, opening up wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play, create, and express themselves. However, just using a computer is only a small part of the picture. The real transformative and empowering experience comes when one learns how to program the computer, to translate ideas into code.

Professor Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley, will provide highlights of BJC.

Professor Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department’s computer science teaching awards, and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings (6.7/7) in the history of the department’s introductory courses.

He is a national leader in the “CSforALL” movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field. Prof Garcia has achieved international recognition for his “Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)” course initiative, having already trained 500 teachers in the United States, and given workshops and keynotes in Puerto Rico, South Korea, Canada, Australia and China.