Duncan Buell's Computer Science Outreach
to South Carolina High Schools
Duncan Buell (Computer Science and Engineering) has been working for several years in outreach to South Carolina high schools on behalf of computer science. Enrollments in computer science nationally are low, in spite of the fact Computer Science is the degree that leads to three in five jobs in all of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and four in five jobs for graduates of the College of Engineering and Computing at USC. In contrast to the life and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering, in each of which the US is producing more graduates than available jobs, there are more jobs nationally in computer science than there are university graduates.
Dr. Buell has served on the national board of the Computer Science Teachers Association has been the conference program chair for CSTA’s annual conference, and continues to work both with CSTA and with the South Carolina Department of Education to expand computer science opportunities in the K-12 system and to bring “real computer science” to South Carolina’s high school students.
Much of Dr. Buell’s outreach work is in conjunction with IT-oLogy, the business consortium that works regionally to promote computer science and increase undergraduate enrollments. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, IT-oLogy with its backing by business interests commands the attention of policy makers and is striving to make computer science a significant part of all students’ educations. Dr. Buell and IT-oLogy are jointly working with faculty from Georgia Tech, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of California at Irvine on plans to bring demonstrated best practices from Georgia and Massachusetts to the schools of South Carolina.