Bridging the Gap in STEM and Computer Science

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As a part of our STEM: Bridging the Gender Gap series, I thought it would be a good idea to bring attention to a post from December 2013 by Olivia Armstrong. Olivia is a student at the University of Kansas studying aerospace engineering and she wrote a great post about bringing STEM into the mainstream. Here is a link to the original post.

Computer science, one of the disciplines that falls within Technology of STEM, is one of the fastest growing areas of job growth within the United States. However, there are not enough students studying within this field to fill the more than 1.5 million estimated jobs by 2018. We have put together an infographic that illustrates the current situation of the computer science gap. You can download the infographic here.

In February 2015, Pearson and learning leaders from Higher Ed, K-12, and STEM industries in Silicon Valley gathered to discuss strategies for closing the gender gap in STEM.

Along with partners Code.org, Maker Ed, Girls Who Code, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), NCWIT, and Spark101, lively discussions and presentations examined ways in which educators and industry leaders can work together to close the gap in STEM education and STEM careers.

Attendees also visited Google at their Mountain View campus to view their presentation Women Who Choose Computer Science—What Really Matters.

To continue the discussion and to learn more about our STEM: Bridging the Gender Gap series, visit our website.