A singing, painting Kitty, animated in Scratch
As we’ve been talking about all week, this week is CSEd week, a national campaign to promote Computer Science education in K-12 schools. As you might expect, this is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts here at Skillcrush. We have all grown up without ready or easy access to Computer Science education, and we are now doing a lot of catch up! Empowering today’s youth with technical skills will lead to economic empowerment, increased innovation, and most importantly, lots and lots of amazing new technology for us all to enjoy! Win, win, win.
Did you know…
- Only 1300 students took the AP Computer Science test in New York State last year.
- On average, only 19% of students who take the AP Computer Science test are female, in comparison, women make up 54% of students taking all AP exams.
- The Office of Civil Rights has flagged access to STEM education as a possible Title IX issue.
- AP Computer Science is only taught at 10% of American high schools.
- If a student doesn’t have access to AP Computer Science there is little to no other way for them to get a technical education.
That’s the bad news, so now for what we can all do it improve the situation!
If you want to support Computer Science education…
- Start by signing the CSEd Week pledge in support of, you guessed it, Computer Science education in K-12
- Consider donating your time or money to nonprofits that are working to train under-represented minorities in Computer Science. We love Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code.
- Reach out to your local high school and offer to come speak. Teachers are often looking for professionals to inspire their students.
- Browse the National Center for Women in Information Technology’s database of membership organizations to see if there is one near you.
If you want to teach Computer Science…
- Check out the Computer Science Teacher’s Association for tons of free resources, sample curriculums, and more.
- Explore MIT’s Scratch program and resources, which is especially well suited for teaching young kids the principles of programming.
- For older students, take a look at Alice.
Looking for inspiration?
Check out Women Techmakers!
Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America
Code for America is a fellowship program that pairs developers with local governments all over the country who need their tech skills. Founder and executive director Jennifer Pahlka will be discussing how Code for America is rebooting the government.
Wednesday, 12/12: 2:30 pm PST, Watch live