Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona

Lumen is partnering with Generation Tech Support to provide training for the Innovative Warriors Coding Club of the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona (GLAAZ) , a program of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona.

GLAAZ is the first public single-gender charter high school in our state.  GLAAZ empowers young women to succeed as leaders in their classrooms, in their communities, and in their own lives. The school achieves this vision by sustaining rigor, relevance and relationships: the hallmarks of a 21st century school. Lumen is working with Principal Dawn Woods to provide coding instruction, and Chrome Book laptops, for the girls of the Innovative Warriors. Our goal is to show the level of student interest in Coding in order to promote the possibility of a regular elective course to broaden the school's curriculum to include Information Technology.

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Why is it so vital that we teach our children to code?

We are already living in a world dominated by software. Your telephone calls go over software-controlled networks; your television is delivered over the Internet; people don’t buy maps anymore, they use the web; we all shop online. The next generation’s world will be even more online and digital. Soon, your house will be controlled with software, some of your medical care will be delivered over the web and your car may even drive itself.

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“If employers don’t help nurture this group of students coming through school now, they’re not going to have future employees.”

Coding is the art of telling a computer how to perform complex tasks. Once you know how to code, you can create virtual worlds within the computer where the only limit on what is possible is your imagination.

Anyone can learn to code. In a few hours you can pick up the basic skills and in a few weeks you will be able to build useful applications and websites.

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Some shocking statistics (USA)

  • Nine in ten parents want their child to study computer science, but only one in four schools teach computer programming.
  • Computing makes up 2/3 of projected new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
  • Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science, and only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science.
  • In 22 states, computer science classes don’t count toward math or science high school graduation requirements.
  • Only 22 percent of AP Computer Science students are women. Only 13% are Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino.

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