Fall Opportunities for Young Women
Grace’s Coding Club: Monday Munchies with a (C S) Mentor
4:00 pm-5:30 pm
About this Event
Students in grades 7-9 are invited to attend our second annual luncheon hosted by UCSD women in the computer science field. The event is meant to empower and inspire young students to continue to pursue their passion in computer science and technology. Come and join a fun atmosphere with your school peers and ask your Munchie mentors any questions you may have about your interest in computer science, or about programming, or maybe even how your Munchie mentor chose the career she did. Soak up as much knowledge as you can! Feel free to talk to one or every mentor host to gather as much information and guidance as you need.
Who is Grace?
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944. She is celebrated for inventing the first compiler for any programming language and is remembered each year at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
Registration will cost $10.00. Space is limited so please register today! Please note that we are looking for our guests to be specifically in grade 7-8.
If you have any questions regarding this luncheon or registering for it, please contact Ange Mason via phone at 858-534-5064 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions and logistical information will be sent one week prior to the event.
Registration will be available in June 2017.
Education News for Young Women
Clubs Shift Girls’ Perception of Computer Science
Eighth-grader Quincy Houghton said she knows exactly what she wants to study in college: English and computer science. Quincy’s goal is to translate her learning into writing storylines for video games that she expects to create someday. Quincy is among the 30 girls participating in the Girls Who Code club that started in January at Fischer Middle School in Aurora. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering fields by helping girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. Besides clubs that teach girls to code and introduce girls to computer professionals, the organization hosts a summer immersion program in which students learn computer science fundamentals and meet with women mentors working in technology.
Project Lead the Way Announces New Flexibility to Promote Equity
Beginning in school year 2016-17 schools have flexibility to offer custom programs and may start up a PLTW program by implementing only one PLTW module with one PLTW trained teacher. This will allow the school to build a sequence of courses incrementally on their own timeline and in ways that best meets the needs of the school. PLTW will continue to recommend thoughtfully sequenced programs of study to ensure students are ready for college and careers. While historically an engineering and biomedical science program, PLTW is now moving into computer science. PLTW is developing courses that form a comprehensive computer science pathway and is continuing to increase its offerings in this field. The PLTW program now includes high school and middle school programs and PLTW is beginning to offer elementary curriculum and programs.
Perspective: The Path to a STEM Job Starts in Elementary School
When you think of STEM, it’s likely you think of science, technology, engineering, and math, all rolled into one. At Kankakee Schools in Illinois, our STEM program aims to do a lot more than teach four topics: We want our students to apply what they learn in real-life settings.
According to projections by STEMconnector.org, by 2018, the U.S. will need 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. As a district, we have to ensure that our graduates are prepared for life after formal education and ready for the jobs of the future. From the moment students walk through the door of Kankakee school to the time they walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas, they are constantly transitioning to their next stage of life. As educators, we have to prepare them for any challenge that will be thrown their way.