Discovering Careers with Code - Engage & Retain Diverse Students with CS + X Career Resources
Friday, September 22, 2017 — 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Our 2014-2016 Google-Gallup study explored the state of computer science (CS) education for diverse students in the U.S. We found that despite high value of CS across demographics, underrepresented students in particular not only lack exposure to CS early on, they also lack access to computers and role models. Further, students rarely see relatable media portrayals of computer scientists . Using Careers with Code, participants in this session will learn strategies to diversify portrayals and exposure to CS in classes and discussions.
- Recruit students to explore CS: Align introductory courses and outreach programs to engage diverse students. - Highlight computer scientists from all backgrounds: Learn about resources that highlight 80+ computer scientists and their career pathways. - Integrate CS+X concepts to broaden participation: Engage in strategies to broaden perceptions that CS exists only in ‘tech’ careers; 67% of computing jobs are in retail, banking, transportation, entertainment, agriculture, manufacturing, government . - Try out Careers with Code’s Educator Guide: Explore ways to use Careers with Code resources in teaching. - Demo CS Career Expeditions: Try Google’s 360° virtual reality (VR) career tours that showcase a day in the life of CS careers (and bust stereotypes).
Careers with Code is a free magazine (also online at www.careerswithcode.com) that inspires students to use problem solving CS skills to create the future. Created in partnership with Google and Refraction Media, Careers with Code redefines stereotypes around computer science careers. It includes step-by-step checklists and inspiring ideas to help students create their CS pathway.