Microsoft teachers sell young on science
Microsoft is taking an unusual approach to tackling a shortage of computer science graduates — one of the most serious issues facing the technology industry, and a broader challenge for the nation’s economy. There are likely to be 150,000 computing jobs opening up each year through 2020, according to the Association for Computing Machinery. But despite the hoopla around start-up celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, fewer than 14,000 US students received undergraduate degrees in computer science last year, the association estimates. Now, 110 engineers from high-tech companies are part of a Microsoft program aimed at getting high school students hooked on computer science.