Significant Increase in Schools Receiving Annual AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award
College Board Recognizes 1,119 Schools for Achieving Gender Equality in Computer Science Education
The College Board is excited to recognize schools that are engaging more female students in computer science coursework with an AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award and AP Computer Science A Female Diversity Award. Specifically, College Board is honoring schools with 50% or higher female representation in either of the two AP computer science courses, or whose percentage of the female examinees meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population. Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved this important result during the 2019-2020 school year.
SUHSD Honorees are:
- Mar Vista High School
- Montgomery High School
- Sweetwater High School
PRESS RELEASE – January 25, 2021
New York – The College Board announced recipients of its annual AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award, recognizing schools for achieving gender equality in AP® Computer Science A (CSA) and/or AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have taken a critical step toward closing the gender gap in the field of computer science, where women have historically been underrepresented.
Today the College Board recognized 1,119 schools for achieving either 50% or higher female examinee representation in one or both AP computer science courses, or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population, during the 2019-20 school year. That’s an increase of nearly 37% over the 818 schools recognized during the 2018-19 school year. Of these schools, 831 earned the award for AP CSP, 232 for AP CSA, and 56 had the distinction of receiving the award for both courses.
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Congratulations to Audrey Vargas, Sweetwater High School student for being selected as a National NCWIT Award Winner for Aspirations in Computing.
Congratulations to Shannon Yeow, Otay Ranch High School student who received an Honorable mention (AiC) by the National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Each year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 4,288 amazing, talented young applicants. Continue reading entire article HERE
“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and unique perspectives to produce technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders.
NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women — at the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities — in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
From Tutor to Teacher
NMSI’s Teacher of the Month is Unwaveringly Committed to Student Success. When we heard about Olympian High School Calculus & Engineering teacher Julio Avasan’s “math magic” and faithfulness to helping his students conceptualize and understand calculus, we knew he fit the bill for NMSI’s Teacher of the Month. We’re proud to recognize Julio and his dedication to meeting students where they are, sparking interest in math and setting them up for success in their STEM education.
Congratulations Mr. Avasan, Mathematics Teacher at Olympian High School for being recognized as NMSI’s Teacher of the Month!
Read entire Article from the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) HERE
Sweetwater High School Students bringing Coding to National School District schools
The Coding Club/Community Service partnership/program for the Sweetwater High School Computer Science and National School District students is entering its third year! The Coding Club/Community Service partnership/program was envisioned and started with Sweetwater Alum Jose Guaro, a computer science student that envisioned that his peers within the Computer Science program at Sweetwater High School fulfilling community service requirements by serving as mentors/gurus and providing elementary school students “coding clubs” instruction that was engaging and academically driven.
Supported by principal Maribel Gavin of Sweetwater High School, Dr. Cindy Vasquez of National School District, and the principals of the National School District, Sweetwater High School Computer Science students will serve as mentors/guides for NSD students grades 4 – 6 and help guide them to learn about computer science and programming.
All 10 National School District schools will have two to three Sweetwater Computer Science students hold coding clubs once a week for about 1 ½ hours. Both Computer Science teachers Sara Kazemi and Art Lopez of Sweetwater High School are providing the training and guidance for the Sweetwater High School Computer Science students.
This program is designed to engage both high and elementary school students; the high school CS students will gain a deeper understanding of Computer Science concepts, provide community service and help engage elementary school girls and boys exposure of the importance of Computer Science. This will give these children the opportunity to continue to gain an interest and continue to take computer science courses in both the middle and high schools. Everyone involved has stated what a great and positive impact has had on students, parents, teachers, administrators and communities! Computer Science is an integral part of a child’s public education, as they will have to learn to use computers and computing tools the rest of their lives.
Good Job Sweetwater High School Devils!
On Saturday, April 8th, 2017 students enrolled in the pre-engineering programs of Olympian High School and Montgomery High School participated in 2017 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) California Chevron Challenge. This challenge is a regional competition for students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” class. Students are tasked with a design challenge. They have to follow the design process to solve the problem, create viable solutions, and create 3D models using Autodesk Inventor of their solution.
Students from both schools did very well! Olympian High School students took home 4th Place Overall.
Congratulations to all participating students!
Montgomery High School Teacher: Joseph Amaro Principal: Tom Rodrigo
Olympian High School Teacher: Julio Avasan Principal: Ernesto Zamudio
Last December 3rd, 2016, Hilltop Middle School students presented at Del Mar Fair Grounds during the STEAM Maker Fest their Nine Square creation.
Thank you Ms. Cruz and Mr. Urbina