Expose students to different careers and community roles
By exposing students to a diverse collection of community members who use computer science in their careers, you can both dispel stereotypes they may hold unconsciously and make sure they’re not self-selecting out of CS for a lack of models.
Sign your classroom up for live, virtual field trips with NASA, Amazon, and others!
My Journey Class Chats
Learn about different jobs with these live weekly chats with young, diverse professionals.
Inspirational videos and posters
Show inspiring videos and hang posters of diverse CS role models in your classroom or computer lab.
Career Vision Boards. Students use poster board or Sprite Lab to create a career vision board, a collage of their hopes and expectations for when they grow up. Collages can include drawings, words and pictures. (Poster board version appropriate for pre-readers and up. Sprite Lab version appropriate for ages 9+)
O*Net Career Exploration tool. Give students time to explore different careers using O*Net. Note that O*Net contains hundreds of careers that can be searched for in a number of ways. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the tool and decide the most appropriate way for your students to use it. (Ages 9+)
Did you know: if a parent or teacher tells a student they’d be good at a subject, that student is two to three times more likely to stick with that subject!
Use our ‘Letters Home’ email templates to touch base with parents, making them aware of what their children are learning in your classroom and encouraging them to be curious and encouraging of their child’s new CS knowledge!
Make parents aware of extracurricular activities that enhance student learning
Extracurricular activities and programs like hackathons and coding clubs reinforce classroom learning and are often powerful motivators for students, especially girls. Encourage parents to get their children involved with one or more of the opportunities below.
A global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7-17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.
Clubs are free after-school programs for 3rd-5th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. Find one to join in your local area at girlswhocode.com/locations
Coolest Projects online is the world’s leading technology showcase for young people. Whether your project is a work in progress, a prototype, or completely finished, you can join in! Entry is free, and open to anyone up to the age of 18.