Workshops to Build Girls’ Interest in Careers in Data Analytics
The nonprofitgirls + data is on a mission to increase youthdata literacy and provide middle school girls with hands-on learning opportunities in STEM careers in data analytics. Through hands-on workshops, girls learn about data analytics: What is data? How is data being used? What are different careers in data? They will be introduced to people in careers that reflect actual real-world applications—for example, people analyzing operational data to help make business decisions; people designing databases to store customer transactional data; people designing data visualizations that will illustrate who is looking at what types of content on Netflix. From 2017–2019, this all-volunteer organization has hosted 17 events across 12 cities that have taught more than 450 middle school–aged girls. Future events include a Data Camp that will take place at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos on May 16, 2020, and a “Women in Data” panel that will come together virtually in November 2020. Teachers and students will find details about these and other upcoming events on the girls + data website.
International Women’s Day has been commemorated across the world on March 8 since 1911, and every United States President has marked March as Women’s History Month since 1995. Although the right to vote is a common topic of study in classrooms when students examine women’s history, many more issues, perspectives, and accomplishments require investigation across history, literature, and the arts to more fully appreciate and understand what women’s history in the United States encompasses. On the next page, you’ll find five sources for freelessons and other resources for diving deeply into women’s triumphs in every arena.
The Amazon Future Engineer program works to increase access to computer science (CS) education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities. High school seniors who want to study computer science can apply for one of a hundred $40,000 scholarships offered through the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program.
Educational technology research and development will gain additional levels of perspective with Digital Promise’s launch of the Center for Inclusive Innovation. The goal is to bring in communities of color to participate as “co-creators and collaborators” in educational innovation.