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2. Learn what computer science is


[Music] Let’s begin by getting on the same page about the definition of computer science and how it sparks a world of creativity.

According to the Association for Computing Machinery: “computer science is the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software design, their applications, and their impact on society.”

That’s a technical definition.

The magic of computer science is what students build with it.

By using computer science, students become creators and not just consumers of technology.

Students can use computer science to tell their favorite stories, design and build their own video games, and create art!

They develop creative problem solving skills and a ‘debugging’ mindset, which approaches errors as problems to be solved, not roadblocks.

These skills help all students, whether or not they choose computer science as a career path.

They can be applied across all areas of the classroom and in the real world!

Move on to the next video in the Getting Started with CS First series.

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In this video, you'll learn what computer science is and how it benefits a student's development.

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