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Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

CSEdWeek is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.

This week, from December 5th-11th, is Computer Science Education Week – a week that aligns with many of our mission statements and values at DataEthics4All Foundation, and that we are excited to be celebrating!

This year’s theme highlights the progress that has been made in computer science education over the last decade, whilst keeping in mind the advancements that can still be made.

Since its launch in 2009, CSEdWeek has expanded from being focused on policies to hosting a variety of global events advocating for and creating awareness of the importance of equity in and the accessibility of computer science education.

Most notably, in 2013, CSEdWeek focused their yearly celebration on the ‘Hour of Code’ – an hour-long introduction to computer science, using fun tutorials to show that anybody can learn the basics. As of 2015, the Hour of Code reached the 100 million ‘hours served’ mark, making it the largest education campaign in history!

CSEdWeek is offering resources ranging from membership in ‘The Computer Science Teachers Association’, local volunteers who can visit schools and inspire children, and information about how to host your own CSEdWeek event!

At DataEthics4All Foundation, two of our main goals are to break barriers of entry in tech for people of color, girls, and women, and raise the next generation of Ethics 1st Tech Champions, and this is why we are in full support of CSEdWeek.

As such, the DataEthics4All Foundation offers its own set of resources and tools for students, including the STEAM in AI College Prep Program, the STEAM in AI Clubs and Chapters, and the STEAM in AI Community.

In particular, we also offer scholarships for economically disadvantaged students as part of our STEAMinAI College Prep Research and Build Project, in the hopes of making education accessible to all, independently of their background.

Our project focuses not only on the traditional STEAM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, but also on non-linear STEAM career paths including Sociology, Technical Education, Ethics, Analytics, and Mentoring so that a career in STEAM can be available to everyone, not just those whose passion lays in Math, Science or Coding.

Computer Science will undoubtedly be an essential skill for the future, and we applaud CSEdWeek for the work they do in making sure that skill is achievable for everybody, no matter their background.

You can learn more about our mission and projects through our website. If you’re interested in this field and want to gain more experience while being mentored by a PhD student or graduate, visit STEAMinAI.org to register for our STEAM in AI Research and Build Program.

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