Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science Begins in Elementary School
It’s estimated that by 2020, as many as 3.8 million jobs in the US will be computer science-related. Yet to date, only seven states have created computer science standards for K-12 education. Even more troubling is that while tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, girls are being left behind. Though interest in computer science across all students ebbs over time, the biggest drop-off happens with girls between the ages of 13-17.
Today’s educators can empower and prepare their students for the future, especially girls, by equipping them with computational thinking and coding skills starting as early as kindergarten. Sarah Judd is Senior Curriculum Developer for Girls Who Code, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In this webinar, Sarah:
- Debunked some of the myths about teaching coding
- Provided fun ways to introduce computer science concepts, even in younger grades
- Offered practical tips to combat the gender gap in technology with your students