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Monday, November 23, 2015
Cornell BEST Science Policy Bootcamp's Outcome Transcends Generations

Professor Chris Schaffer's Science Policy Bootcamp: From Concept to Conclusion course has a lasting effect on its participants, the community, and the next generation.

Code-4-Kids is but one project emanating from the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program initiated course to address the need for scientists and engineers to become more involved in science policy. Read how Code-4-Kids came about. BEST trainees are rethinking their doctoral training, acquiring new skills, and most of all putting into practice what they are learning.

A previous news report appeared in the Ithaca Journal describing the early successes of Code-4-Kids. Since then, the early coding project effort has continued under the leadership of Nikolai Rakhilin. 

"Computer programming is the 21st century’s literacy, and algorithmic thinking a modern form of grammar. Think about the consequences of neglecting to teach a student to read until the age of 15. This is what we are doing to our current generation. We are ignoring the fact that exposure to coding needs to start early," said Nikolai Rakhilin.

The latest op-ed in the Cornell Daily Sun highlights the program's success and calls for university students to "lead the charge" to improve algorithmic thinking in the younger generation. There are already excellent resources at and to assist parents and students to help.

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