Initiative Encouraging Young Latinas to Pursue Careers in Technology
TECHNOLOchicas is an initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas uses the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds, who are in technology fields and recognize the power of innovation to change the world. These stories allow girls to see and relate to real-life role models.
Plus: TECHNOLOchicas LiFT seeks to increase the number of middle school girls pursuing technology-related studies by the time they reach high school. Televisa Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens launched the Technolochicas LiFT program in Arizona in 2018. The program teaches middle school girls aged 11–14 computer science through in-person workshops and activities. The TECHNOLOchicas website provides a list of cities and sites around the nation that offer TECHNOLOchicas LiFT.
With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before.