[caption id="attachment_125063" align="alignleft" width="215"] Far fewer females and minorities are pursing computer programming, even as demand grows.[/caption]

Students in Mike Reilly's computer programming classes could be helping to bust the stereotype of the computer nerd hunched over a keyboard, writing programs that crunch numbers and sort lists.

They are creating and remixing hip-hop beats as part of a pilot program that could have broader implication for the future of computer science education.

For almost a decade, government agencies, universities and technology companies have plowed millions of dollars, with little success, into robotics camps, video gaming...

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