The stereotypical computer scientist or engineer is frequently still an image that does not resonate with a large portion of the diverse youth in our country. Young people need to see themselves reflected in these communities and careers. How can libraries change the perception of who should participate in computing and technology-based educational opportunities and careers?
Maryvale High School (AZ) has approximately 3000 students, 91% of whom are Hispanic/Latinx. 86% of students are eligible for subsidized lunch. Although we offer computer science (CS) AP classes, only about 5% of students take these courses. How can we ensure that more of our students have exposure to and opportunities for computational thinking (CT)?
It is rare that students from different schools have regular opportunities to work together and share resources. The need for collaboration is pressing in areas like computer science (CS) and engineering, where every school does not have access to the equipment or teacher expertise. Barriers include language, culture, and transportation. What strategies are effective in bringing students from diverse backgrounds together to expand learning opportunities and cultural competence?
A report from Google about unconscious biases of educators, administrators, and students that can contribute to the persistence of underrepresentation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in CS and STEM more generally.
Library staff deliver dynamic programs for youth and families! Stopping to gather data to inform program development can feel like an onerous and disconnected process. How can library staff gather and use feedback to iterate CT learning experiences in ways that are dynamic, practical, and useful?
A research report from Google that identifies factors that influence whether or not young women decide to pursue a Computer Science degree, highlighting that anyone can help increase female participation in CS, regardless of their technical abilities or background.
For many libraries, access to high-speed internet and computers are barriers to connecting to web-based computational environments and even allowing multiple users to use simple websites or play how-to videos. Broadband internet access is an urban and rural problem with a disproportionate impact on African American and Latino communities. How can library staff provide opportunities for youth to engage in CT opportunities when access to hardware and broadband is limited?
This report summarizes key differences in interest in and confidence to learn CS among seventh- to 12th-grade students from underrepresented groups.
As libraries begin to fill the gap in educational opportunities for computational thinking (CT) activities and coding, it’s critical that staff are comfortable and confident taking on the facilitator role. In system-wide initiatives multiple staff at various branches with different levels of knowledge and comfort are coordinating CT programs. . How can staff be empowered to facilitate STEM content they are not confident about?
This website shares strategies for how to elevate the critical role of families in STEM and build capacity of STEM programs to include families.