Girls Who Code take on Computer Science Education Week

Author: Brooke Wolford. Editors: Zena Lapp and Whit Froehlich

It is not directly apparent, but a lot of computer code is working behind the scenes to allow you to read this article! In fact, computer code runs a lot of the modern world. Computer and mathematical occupations are the sixth-fastest-growing of 22 major occupational groups in the U.S., and are projected to account for 4.3 million American jobs in 2020.

This week (December 3-9 in 2018) is Computer Science Education Week, an effort to encourage K-12 students to take interest in computer science, frequently observed with Hour of Code events. Unfortunately, only 35% of high schools teach computer science. Furthermore, fewer than one-fifth of Computer Science graduates are women, and the gender gap is getting worse. To try to bridge this gender gap, a University of Michigan graduate-student led organization, Girls Who Code at University of Michigan Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (UM DCMB), pursues computer science education year-long through K-12 educational outreach efforts primarily serving young women. GWC at UM DCMB is a recognized Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) founded by doctoral students in the Bioinformatics graduate program in 2017. The organization, led by an eight-woman Executive Committee, coordinates a weekly Girls Who Code (GWC) Club as well as extensive K-12 educational outreach efforts. Continue reading “Girls Who Code take on Computer Science Education Week”

Las Historias de Ciencia que Nunca Consideramos

Autora: Kristina Lenn

Editores: Christina Vallianatos y Whit Froehlich

Traducido al español por Irene Vargas-Salazar, editado por Paloma Contreras

La primera vez que leí “La Cuchara Desaparecida” fue en el 2012, mientras estaba de regreso a casa durante las vacaciones de mis estudios de doctorado. Como estudiante de ingeniería química, nada me atraía más que un libro sobre la tabla periódica. Y no me refiero a un típico libro de química que discute las diferentes características de los elementos de la tabla, recorriendo sus líneas horizontales y verticales. Éste es un libro que conecta la ciencia, la historia y el impacto que los elementos de Mendeleev tienen no solamente en el mundo, sino también en sus descubridores.

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