Accommodating diversity in computer science education

But there’s something else we can do – we can change the facts on the ground, we can break the pattern, but only if we start much earlier, in grades K-12.

As a result, the Vermont Technology Council recently advanced the Vermont Science and Technology Plan, a forward-looking approach to the Green Mountain State’s economic future.

This plan recognizes STEM education — and specifically computer science — will play a major role in securing job growth, job creation, and prosperity in the coming decades.

This Computer Science Education Week, , we’re on track for the largest Hour of Code campaign ever. And the 15,000 new CS teachers we’ve trained are 85% female.

Over 100,000 schools and classrooms will celebrate computer science worldwide, with almost 50/50 participation by girls. Over the next two months, we hope to recruit over 10,000 volunteers from the tech industry to visit and help local classrooms as students try an Hour of Code for the first time.

Diversity is about much more than a pipeline problem, but it’s also impossible to ignore the math.

Women make up only 26% of the software engineering workforce, but only 18% of computer science graduates are women, and 19% of high school Advanced Placement computer science students are girls.Tech talent, already facing a demand gap, is coveted across all industries these days, from healthcare to education to tourism.Vermont, one of six New England states, has made strides in both STEM and CS fields, even before it implemented its tech and science plan.S., it is 27th in R&D intensity spending and has over 2,500 high-tech related firms.As for entrepreneurship, Vermont ranks 12th overall when it comes to five-year survival of businesses.I measured my own unconscious bias with Project Implicit, and I’d recommend anybody who thinks “I’m not biased” to take the test.

Tags: , ,