Helping students, parents and educators around the world engage with computer science

Helping students, parents and educators around the world engage with computer science

GOOGLE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

“CS First helped us engage our students in learning the basics of computer programming.”

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Ms. Betsy Hare

CS First participant, Instructional Technology Specialist at Oakbrook Middle School in Ladson, SC.

GOOGLE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

“After my first 'Made with Code' party, I felt powerful and in control. I left feeling really inspired.”

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Amaya, age 13

Made with Code participant at Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon)

GOOGLE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

“The RISE award in 2012 certainly helped to catalyze our incredible growth over the past two years...”

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Chelsey Roebuck

RISE Partner and Executive Director and Co-Founder of ELiTE, NYC

GOOGLE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

“During our CS4HS workshop we immediately picked up Scratch and used it to introduce students to programming...”

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Shannon Houtrouw

CS4HS participant and computer science teacher for the Kalamazoo Area Maths and Science Centre.

GOOGLE COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

"For me, coding has been a challenge, but Pencil Code allowed me to put my coding skills to the test.”

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Allie Maltzman

Pencil Code participant, class of 2018.

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Challenges

Ms. Hare noticed that female students were dropping out of technology-focused classes. After talking to some of the students, she realized that she might not be able to change their course selection, but she could offer the girls an environment after school where they feel comfortable to collaborate, communicate, and connect with their peers through computer science.

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Solutions

Realising that CS is more than just sitting in front of a screen, Ms. Hare created Girls in Tech, a 2-hour after school programme for middle school girls to work on team building, connect with the community, and use Google CS First to learn the basics of computer programming. Women from the local tech community are invited to discuss their careers and help mentor while the students work on their CS First projects. The majority of girls began with no exposure to computer science and left yearning for more projects and excited to show off their coding skills to peers, friends, family and community members.

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Challenges

Before Made With Code, Amaya had very little experience with coding, and didn't understand when and where it was used. Amaya says she's grateful to Girls Inc. and her Made With Code experience, and she feels there are too many girls who have not been given the opportunity to learn code or encouraged to pursue a computer science career.

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Solutions

Through Made with Code. Amaya saw how girls can work in powerful computer science jobs and achieve equality with men in programming. Amaya also became inspired to teach other girls to code at Girls Inc. Through this experience, Amaya built confidence, learnt about her strengths, and discovered her leadership potential.

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Challenges

ELiTE was specifically interested in learning how to better serve girls as emerging leaders in technology. They sought to learn from WAAW Foundation (Working to Advance African Women) and model best practices to engage more girls, specifically in Africa.

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Solutions

ELiTE has been able to apply their learnings from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria to the US where they now run more inclusive extracurricular programmes in schools. While their focus was to create a better working environment for girls, with the changes they have seen higher quality of work from all students.

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Challenges

According to a 2015 US Department of Education study, at least 17 states have reported computer science teacher shortages, some as far back as 1990. Supporting the growth of computer science education means developing and retaining high quality teachers who understand the latest practices and pedagogy of computer science education.

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Solutions

CS4HS provides funding to local computer science education experts for the planning and development of CS teacher professional development. CS4HS programmes vary from region to region based on the needs of local teachers, but the outcome is the same: teachers increase their confidence in teaching computer science and establish valuable connections with other CS teachers.

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Challenges

Beaver Country Day School, a small private school in Massachusetts, recognized the growing importance that computer science plays in the world. However, like many schools in the US, they didn’t offer any programming classes, so their students weren’t getting exposure to CS

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Solutions

To address this, in 2013 Beaver Country Day School became the first school in the country to integrate computer science into every one of their classes. From English to Art and Maths, they used the Pencil Code tool to build programming into their curricula. Students now engage in a host of activities with Pencil Code, ranging from designing chatbots, to creating visual representations of Macbeth, to solving maths equations, and even building an app that tells you how many hours you need to study each night.

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CS First

“CS First helped us engage our students in learning the basics of computer programming.”

Made With Code

“After my first 'Made with Code' party, I felt powerful and in control. I left feeling really inspired.”

RISE

“The RISE award in 2012 certainly helped to catalyze our incredible growth over the past two years...”

CS4HS

“During our CS4HS workshop we immediately picked up Scratch and used it to introduce students to programming...”

Pencil Code

"For me, coding has been a challenge, but Pencil Code allowed me to put my coding skills to the test.”

Grounded in Research

We commission studies to gain a deeper understanding of how to increase student awareness and access to computer science. We work to uncover the drivers that motivate students and the barriers that prevent them from pursuing computer science.

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Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in US K-12 Education

Survey of superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students.

Women Who Choose Computer Science – What Really Matters

Key factors that motivate young women to pursue CS.