Emmanuel Schanzer

Bootstrap: A Scalable Approach to Computer Science for All

Emmanuel Schanzer

Talk: Bootstrap: A Scalable Approach to Computer Science for All

What would it take to scale computer science education to reach every child in the US? Not in the next few decades, but in the next 5 years? Adding a new subject into the core curriculum requires thinking big and there are many design constraints that lie outside of the CS content itself. In this talk, Emmanuel Schanzer of Bootstrap discusses these constraints, as well as a novel approach that routes around them in a fraction of the cost and time by shifting the constraints from "where CS fits" to "what CS we teach". By changing our approach to CS content, programs like Bootstrap can grow quickly and cheaply, using the existing infrastructure of teachers and course requirements that already impact every child.

Emmanuel Schanzer

Dr. Emmanuel Schanzer spent several years as a program manager and developer before becoming an academic coach. He is the founder and creator of Bootstrap; a curriculum for his own students in Boston. He has long been involved in connecting educators and technology, connecting parties at the Computer Science Teachers Association, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and at universities across the country.