Computational skills are required across all astronomy disciplines. Many students enter degree programs without sufficient skills to solve computational problems in their core classes or contribute immediately to research. We recommend advocacy for computational literacy, familiarity with fundamental software carpentry skills, and mastery of basic numerical methods by the completion of an undergraduate degree in Astronomy. We recommend the AAS Education Task Force advocate for a significant increase in computational literacy. We encourage the AAS to modestly fund efforts aimed at providing Open Education Resources (OER) that will significantly impact computational literacy in astronomy education.
- Pub Date:
- June 2016
- Physics - Physics Education;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- white paper submitted to the AAS Education Taskforce call (https://aas.org/posts/opportunity/2016/04/aas-task-force-education-begins-its-work)