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Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science Begins in Elementary School
Thursday April 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Sarah Judd, Senior Curriculum Developer, Girls Who Code
Sponsored by Learning.com
If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the edWebinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the STEM Learning community and go to the edWebinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
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. Watch an exciting edWebinar with Sarah Judd, Senior Curriculum Developer for Girls Who Code, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Sarah’s engaging presentation:
- Debunks some of the myths about teaching coding
- Provides fun ways to introduce computer science concepts, even in younger grades
- Offers practical tips to combat the gender gap in technology with your students
This edWebinar is ideal for elementary and middle school educators, whether your students are already learning coding and computer science concepts or you’re looking to get started. Technology teachers, library media specialists, principals, and vice principals are invited to attend this webinar as well. Learn how to give your students a competitive edge in our digital economy by giving them a solid foundation in computer science.
About the Presenter
Sarah Judd is a senior curriculum developer for Girls Who Code, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Sarah has been doing her best to increase access to computer science since falling in love with programming in high school. She’s done this through volunteering with Girl Scouts, FIRST Robotics, Bootstrap and Citizen Schools, teaching 4th-8th graders and 7th-10th graders, and developing curriculum for Google CS First and Girls Who Code.
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