More help needed to expand tech education

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ariela Schear is a high school student who loves math and is as tech savvy as they come, texting and e-mailing all the time.

But this Rindge & Latin senior didn’t think about taking a course in computer programming — until her mother suggested it. “I honestly had no idea what computer science was all about,” said the 17-year-old, who will be going to Yale.

Schear took an AP computer science course last fall, the first time Cambridge’s public high school has offered the class in about 15 years, thanks to a partnership in which Microsoft software engineers come every morning before work to teach programming to two dozen students.

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