Girls Who Code Maker Space Club Participates in Inaugural Governor’s Club Challenge
In March 2018, seven members of the high school Maker Space club participated in the inaugural Governor’s Club Challenge at the Maryland State House. They shared with Gov. Larry Hogan and Secretary of Labor Kelly Schulz a prototype for an app called IGNITE that would provide young people with information about political and social issues and opportunities for activism.
- Girls Who Code Member Testifies in Favor of CS Education Bill Before Maryland General Assembly
- In February 2018, Girls Who Code club member Katie Spiegel, a student at River Hill High School, in Clarksville, testified before a Maryland State Senate committee in favor of a bill that would increase funding for and access to computer science education in Maryland schools. In May 2018, Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 281 providing $7 million for computer science education in Maryland, with a focus on CS education for girls.
- 2016 Scratch Day Celebration
Maryland State Policy Changes Makes CS Count Toward Graduation
In May 2015, the Maryland State Department of Education changed its policy to allow computer science courses to satisfy the state’s required high school tech credit. Prior to this, few courses qualified for the technology credit “bucket”, which narrowed the choices for students as an option from already tight state graduation requirements.
What This Means
More options means more diversity in tech graduates. Several school systems across the state, through the help of partnerships with Code.Org are providing professional development to teachers to teach Exploring Computer Science and Computer Science Principles to students to meet the new tech requirements. By offering increased options for kids to explore computer science throughout their high school experience, their chances of pursuing technical careers and computer science degrees beyond High School increases dramatically.
Check out this video- Exploring Computer Science
Check out this video – Computer Science Principles
An official AP® exam is set to go live in the 2016-17 school year with an exam and portfolio-based assessment. Find more information about the CS Principles project at: http://apcsprinciples.org/.
2013 Data on the CS AP exam by State (with links to data by race & gender) http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/321
CS for All
Our coding curriculums are designed using original materials and incorporating free resources from Code.org, Khan Academy, Google & CSUnplugged. We prepare students for what’s possible with CS by exposing them to computational thinking and allowing them to explore what they can create with it. Our goal is to reach out to those students who are statistically underrepresented in the coding community. By collaborating with other nonprofit organizations and the public school system we are working to ensure access to computers and computer science resources for ALL middle and high school students. We are also providing free access to our workshops and lessons for educators looking for professional development learning opportunities. Help us to reach this goal by supporting our efforts today.
Code.org Professional Development Learning
Code.org is supporting K12 educators in teaching computer science and leading the movement to make CS a part of every young person’s education. Check out their page on Professional Development to learn more.