The future is being written in code. Every child, no matter his or her background or circumstance, should have the opportunity to learn about computer science (CS) and Making. But for many students, this is not yet a reality. And almost all of you reading this newsletter will agree.
2016 saw a great build-up of momentum for CS education yet questions remain about the future of this very critical cause. But we remain optimistic. All major endeavors that have brought about change have been driven collaboratively. So let’s all continue to work together to make 2017 another momentous year in CS education.
As we head into 2017, what does “success” mean to you for CS education? I have been thinking about this as the year draws to an end and we approach another year. Please share your thoughts with us so that we may feature your point of view within this community.
We remain passionate and committed to bridging the digital divide in the US, inspiring children, young adults, and educators to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. We look forward to collaborating with all of you to prepare ourselves and our children for the very digital future.
Best wishes for the Holiday Season and the New Year.
Vandana Sikka, @VTSikka
Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA
“It's opened my eyes to different careers I could choose and how much work people put into video games and certain web sites---even using my phone every day. I’m proud that I am one of the few girls that came to this coding class because it’s normally considered a guy kind of thing to code.”
Caitlin, Age 14
High School Student & CodeNow Participant
Santa Clara, CA
Ten winners were announced for the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 and includes eight teachers from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia as well as two teachers from Canada and the UK. All winners span across K-12/pre-university levels. This awards program was established earlier this year by ACM, CSTA, and the Foundation.
To celebrate CSEdWeek, we sponsored CS education for underrepresented groups including autistic, rural, inner-city, Latino, low income, and/or female populations. To see grants in action, check out ourStorify blog which features hands-on coding workshops, robotics camps, and hackathons led by grantees CodeNow, CTP Berk, Digital Nest, andGirl Develop It, impacting hundreds of students in California and Washington State.
At the age of 12, Jacqueline Huerta discovered her passion for computers. Free after-school coding classes paved the way towards earning advanced university degrees in CS and a software engineering career in Silicon Valley.
Read more about Jacqueline's journey to become a Latin@ software engineer.
The path towards rigorous, inclusive and universal CS education in the country is gaining ground. For example, the CS for All Consortium was announced, a national network of CS education advocates being led by the amazing team at CSYNC.
The K-12 Computer Science Framework was created to help develop a set of conceptual guidelines for CS education and help states, districts, and organizations with curriculum standards, capacity for teaching CS, and CS pathways, made possible by an extended effort from ACM, Code.org, CSTA, CIC and NMSI.
The Continuing Professional Development Pipeline project from CSTA will support teachers, schools and districts by guiding teachers towards relevant CSPD pathways, supporting them through virtual communities of practice, and recognizing their accomplishments through digital badging and certificates.
A December fact sheet from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes hundreds of nationwide commitments towards the national #CSforAll goals.
On the Maker front, we saw the launch of the Nation of Makers, a new not-for profit committed to helping Makers by supporting Maker organizations and building community the withinMaker movement. Read stories on Medium and help spread the word.
You could be one of 25 Makers to receive $10,000 to take your innovation to the next level. Submit your bold Maker idea to enhance education, health, environmental sustainability or combat hunger.
Held every second Monday of the month, discussing a CSed-related topic, every fourth Monday of the month MakerEd-related. See our website for dates.
Infosys Foundation USA remains passionate in its commitment to bridge the digital divide in the US and its mission to inspire children, young adults, and educators to become creators, not just consumers, of technology.