Through computer science (CS) education learning environments, young people emerge as critical problem-solvers unified by the technical know-how and the critical consciousness necessary for them to leverage digital tools for social transformation. Through this process, young people also have access to valuable career opportunities in technology.
Bridging the digital divide to create pathways into the tech workforce
The vision of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Computer Science Workgroup is to improve the readiness of Philadelphia children and youth for participation in CS-STEM college and career pathways and to offer teachers professional development and assistance to get their CS Certification.
There is little information available to young people about why Computer Science (CS) is important and how to access opportunities that prepare them for college and career pathways into CS. This is particularly true for girls and young people of color. Strong efforts to provide access, opportunities, and information about CS pathways at the K-12 level are needed to create a diverse, equitable, and welcoming tech industry.
The group is working to help students demystify the multitude of career pathways that require CS literacy. It collaborates with CS4Philly to offer high quality CS activities to students with the School District of Philadelphia. The CS Workgroup is working, not olny to offer professional development for teachers, but also to help them get 7th-12th grade CS Certification. Members will also investigate creating a geospatial map of the CS programs and careers in Philadelphia.