Computers and software are driving innovation in every sector of society, and our students, at every grade level, need to add this new literacy to their learning and understanding.
This is especially important for our girls and minority students. They are not taking computer science classes in high school or college, which means they are not participating in the development of new technologies. And, the lack of representation is a significant problem. Initial facial recognition software did not recognize dark skin, most likely because all of the software engineers that were writing and testing the code were white. Initially, Apple’s health application didn’t have any support for women’s health issue—most likely because Apple has a lack of women working on their engineering teams.