A number of space colleges are amongst a bit of greater than 1,100 nationwide being acknowledged for serving to to advertise curiosity in pc science amongst feminine college students.
Better Latrobe, Deer Lakes and East Allegheny excessive colleges and Pittsburgh Science and Know-how Academy are amongst 22 public colleges in Pennsylvania which have obtained the 2020 Faculty Board AP Laptop Science Feminine Variety Award.
The colleges certified for the popularity by having feminine college students symbolize 50% or extra of these enrolled in one in all two Superior Placement programs — AP Laptop Science Ideas or AP Laptop Science A. Faculties additionally may obtain the award based mostly on feminine college students who took a associated AP examination that gives the chance for school credit score.
Better Latrobe, which has provided the Laptop Science Ideas course for the reason that 2018-19 college 12 months, certified for the AP award by means of participation within the examination. All 5 of the feminine college students who most just lately took the course additionally accomplished the examination, in response to teacher Wendy Lint.
“All the ladies took it, and so they did very properly,” stated Lint.
She famous the Faculty Board is “making an attempt to encourage extra ladies to take the examination. Those who take the take a look at are typically those who go into the sector and proceed on with pc science.
“As a feminine who graduated from school with a level in pc science, I noticed first hand the event of know-how that’s taken as a right at present, so it’s nice to see my college students turn out to be and enthusiastic about what they’ll do with know-how,” Lint stated. “Statistics present that the most important drop off in females in pc science is from ages 13-17. This drop impacts the power for females to be aggressive for top tech jobs which are usually higher-paying and out there.”
Lint famous the AP Ideas course gives “an outline of what pc science includes.”
For college students in grades 9-12, Better Latrobe additionally presents programs in pc programming and the AP Laptop Science A course, by which college students analyze, write and take a look at pc codes.
Pittsburgh Science and Know-how Academy was acknowledged as a result of 11 of 20 college students enrolled in its Laptop Science A course had been feminine.
“College students taking part in our Computer systems and Connections focus have taken the superior pc science course for the reason that 2010-2011 college 12 months,” stated academy Principal Shawn McNeil.
It was the second 12 months for Deer Lakes to seize the AP range award, based mostly on enrollment in its Laptop Science Ideas course, Assistant Superintendent Bobbi-Ann Barnes stated.
She credited teacher Yvette Beck for attracting feminine college students to the course. “She’s very passionate concerning the pc science programs,” Barnes stated.
State and personal grants helped East Allegheny introduce its AP Laptop Science Ideas course final 12 months. Know-how coach Holly Spallone notes all seven college students who enrolled had been feminine, ensuing within the range recognition.
In line with the Faculty Board, greater than 116,000 college students took the AP Laptop Science Ideas examination in 2020 — a 21% enhance over the earlier 12 months and greater than double the variety of examination takers throughout 2016-17, the primary 12 months for the course.
In 2020, 39,570 girls took the examination, practically thrice the quantity who examined in 2017.
However, general, feminine college students stay underrepresented in pc science lessons, accounting for simply 34% of AP Laptop Science Ideas members.
“Right now’s college students want the ability to form know-how, not simply deal with it,” stated Stefanie Sanford, Faculty Board chief of world coverage and exterior relations. “Younger girls deserve an equal alternative to turn out to be the subsequent era of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the hole in pc science schooling empowers younger girls to construct the long run they need.”
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