The New Pilot Computer Science Essay

1379 Words Apr 19th, 2015 null Page
I applied to teach the new pilot Computer Science (CS) Principles Course in collaboration with the College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hillcrest High School and I was accepted to participate in Cohort 3 of the CS4Alabama project. This course will become a full-fledged College Board Advanced Placement course during the 2016-2017 school year. Students will certainly benefit as they become more aware of the 21st skills that computer science provides for their future careers, and I get to be a part in advancing the awareness of computer science in K-12. Part of my responsibilities is recruiting and increasing enrollment of girls and minorities to this class.
However, the continuing lack of women in this field is especially puzzling given the way women have embraced new technologies like smartphones and tablets, and social networks like Facebook. Jeff Gray, an associate professor of computer science at Alabama, says about half the kids at his weeklong summer camps for middle-school students are girls. But in his summer camps for high-school students, only 15 to 20 percent are girls. "Something weird is happening early in high school," he says. "Stereotypes are being formed about gender roles and career goals." (Gose, 2012). Much research has been done into what causes this change between middle school and high school.
Experts on the gender gap in computer science have increasingly come to believe that a multipronged strategy is needed to close it. I believe…

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