Three Issaquah staff had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Computer Science Education Week Kickoff event today at the University of Washington. Valerie Buck, Instructional Technolgy Specialist, Amy Krohn, 5th grade Science Tech Teacher/Ed Tech Lead, and Monique Cabellon, Math Specialist/Ed Tech Lead, attended the event where Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) brought together teachers, business leaders, and advocates to celebrate accomplishments of the CS community and to make new announcements and pledges to K-12 Computer Science.
Tyee High School CS student, Michelle Delgado-Alvarez interviewed Melinda Gates who shared her journey to a career in Computer Science. Both women have experienced moments of doubt as students in a male-dominated field. Melinda spoke to the importance of creating a team of like-minded learners to support one another in the hard work of learning CS. This she says is one of the many reasons why we need to get more women into CS coursework and careers. You can watch a recording of the full ceremony here.
Some of the inspirational award winners are as follows:
The Champion for Computer Science student award went to Jocelyn Marencik from Richmond, Virginia. Still a senior in high school she created Got Tec Richmond to help provide technology to underfunded schools. Through fundraisers, corporate donations, crowdfunding, and grants Got Tec has donated equipment to classrooms across the Richmond School District, impacting 2,000 students.
Teacher, Robert DeFillippo, received an award for making CS more accessible for differently-abled groups of students. He formulated a whole new teaching strategy based on a modified version of the Code.org curriculum, known as TEAMS—teaching engaging academics made special. “Many of his students have difficulty with communication, and he found that using the Code.org curriculum in combination with platforms like Flipgrid unlocked a whole new form of communication for them.” [https://csedweek.org/awards]
Kent Steen accepted an award on behalf of Lincoln Public Schools for best school district in the country for computer science education. The award was partly earned because of their commitment to reaching a 50/50 gender ratio in CS course enrollment by 2020.
To learn more about all the CS Award winners, visit the CS Ed Week website here.
This event formally launches Hour of Code a one-hour introduction to Computer Science designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Teachers across the Issaquah district are participating in the Hour of Code in their classrooms with the online lessons or with unplugged activities. This year’s Dance Party tutorial features artists Katy Perry, Madonna, J. Balvin, Sia, Keith Urban, Ciara, and 25 more!