An Introduction to Exploring Computer Science
ECS is part of a nationwide movement to bring computer science into our high schools. Unlike any other computer course offered in LAUSD, Exploring Computer Science moves beyond the minimal skill sets to teach students a wider range of computational thinking and problem solving skills.
CS & IT Symposium 2010: Exploring Computer Science: A K-12-University Partnership
We gave a presentation about the history, challenges, and impact of Exploring Computer Science in LAUSD at the CSTA annual Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium. This session–held at the Google Campus in Mountain View on July 13, 2010–was videotaped by Google and is available for viewing here.
In the opening keynote of the CS & IT 2009 Symposium, Jane Margolis and Joanna Goode discuss their research on why so few African-American, Latino/a, and female high school students are learning computer science.
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The Richard Tapia Story
Richard Tapia, a PhD in Mathematics from UCLA, is now a faculty member at Rice University. He tells of his hardships growing up as a Mexican who was good at Math. He has developed a “defense” that claims, “You are not going to put me down,” “If you carry with excellence, they can’t cut you back.” “I know who I am, I like who I am and this is where I want to be.”
Dale Chase uses hip hop in his ode to his female coder that makes him “wanna update to be a better man.” The lyrics continue, “When we compile she’s easy to interpret, a cross-platform version I can work with. She’s not wrapped in flash; all she wants is her java and a shell to bash. While she’s a sight to C plus, her smile glimmers just like a Ruby does.”
Made with Code
Google started Made with Code because even though technology runs more and more of our lives, women aren’t represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen.
If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices. As parents, teachers, organizations, and companies we’re making it our mission to creatively engage girls with code.