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.
GENYOUth is awarding grants of up to $3,000 to support emergency school nutrition programs in response to the novel coronavirus crisis. The grants are intended for resources and equipment for meal distribution and delivery.
Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians in grade 11 or below compete in Advantage Testing Foundation’schallenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.
The novel coronavirus pandemic set off a race for schools to launch remote learning efforts to keep children from falling behind. In “The Digital Divide and Remote Learning,” an episode of Harvard EdCast, Lecturer Uche Amaechi, EdD ‘16, illuminates the tension that arises for schools trying to find a balance in continuing education in equitable ways for all students.