Everyone in Washington should know a little about computing
Unfortunately, very few do. Across our state, <1% of students in K-12 classrooms do; in higher education, very few graduate with computing degrees. And more often than not, the ones most likely negatively affected by computing through data and algorithmic bias, surveillance, or gentrification are the least likely to learn about computing and its impacts. Washington state is being transformed by computing, but too few understand how, why, and what we can do about it.
But good news: folks across the state are working to change this, creating equitable pathways for students, teachers, academic advisors, and more to help promote a critical computing literacy amongst our residents. And in some cases, these pathways also lead to skills that empower youth to find jobs, seek justice, and grow our capacity to use computing for good.
We are a community of volunteers helping achieve this vision for our state. We do this by organizing information and people who are working toward this goal, preventing siloing across schools, government, and industry, but also building joyful community centered around learning and teaching computing.
Here's how to engage:
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Why teach CS? This wonderful K12 computer science framework video makes the case.
The Apple STEM Network provides an excellent overview of the needs and opportunities in Central Washington: