Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, CSEdWeek is now organized by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. In classrooms and communities across the nation, people of all ages can participate in events and activities ranging from Hour of Code sessions to workshops, hackathons, and virtual gatherings in support of making computing programs available and accessible for all students.
CSEdWeek is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). This annual event was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560. This year, it takes place December 6-12, with the theme #CSEverywhere. NCWIT is proud to be a founding partner in this movement for equity in computing.
Where can you find NCWIT?
Design Engaging and Inclusive CS Experiences for K-12 Students // Monday, December 6, 2021, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. MT
NCWIT celebrates the release of the new AspireIT Toolkit with a Twitter chat focused on tips and ideas for creating engaging, inclusive computing programs for K-12 students. Hear from representatives from NCWIT AspireIT and CSforALL as well as past AspireIT program leaders and organizational partners. Use the hashtag #AspireIT to join the conversation.
The NCWIT AspireIT Toolkit helps anyone interested in designing engaging and inclusive computer science experiences for K-12 students, with a focus on broadening the participation of girls, women, and other underrepresented populations. The Toolkit equips facilitators with the resources and support they need to create sustainable and lasting change in their communities.
Conversation for Change
Promoting Equity in Computer Science Education // Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m. MT // Online
Lien Diaz is a founding director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. Come learn about Lien’s journey and the lessons that have led to her work on challenging the status quo and broadening participation in computer science education, including her work with the Constellation Center which she founded in order to advance equitable computer science education through a comprehensive approach.
Advising for Future-Ready Careers: CS + Art // Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m. MT // Online
Computer science overlaps with the disciplines of art and design in countless ways, from developing new technologies in photography, to translating the visual sensation of color into a tactile experience, to building a robot with humanistic features. Join us on December 7, 2021 as we hear from Chris Carruth, an educator, artist, and technologist who will discuss his educational and career journey and the intersection of computer science and art.
Broadening Participation in the Classroom: A Discussion with NCWIT National Educator Award Recipients // Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. MT // Online
NCWIT and Infosys Foundation USA invite you to join us for a panel discussion with National Aspirations in Computing Educator award recipients, who support the computing-related passions of 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students. Gain inspiration for the coming semester as you listen and engage with these exceptional educators. Panelists will discuss the value of promoting gender equity in computing and the tactics they have used to broaden the participation of students who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) in computing and technology. By the end of this session, you will be able to implement strategies to get other faculty and students interested in broadening the participation of girls, women, and other underrepresented populations in computing.
To see what NCWIT member organizations are doing for CSEdWeek, follow @NCWIT and @NCWITAiC on Twitter. For each day of CSEdWeek, NCWIT will also share a resource with ideas that educators, parents, and others can use to make computing education more accessible for all!