The Diversity in Tech Awards – also known as the DIV awards are a yearly recognition of the work done by students, teachers and others involved in advancing the cause of creating a more diverse tech community. The honorees are chosen from people or groups who work with Mouse and Code/Interactive. These two groups are in the process of merging and will emerge as a single organization that will train both students and teachers in today’s technology skills.
Mouse, in it’s twenty years of existence, has worked with over 47,000 youth. Their statistics speak to their successes in fostering diversity in tech:
Mouse’s youth are:
8% elementary school, 44% Middle School, 48% High School
44% African American or Latino/Latina
More than 50% qualify for free or reduced price lunch
Code/Interactive trains educators and builds inclusive computer science programs to address the fact that 60% of K – 12 schools don’t offer computer science.
For educators they offer training, curriculum, tools, and the support necessary so that they can teach a computer science lesson, course, or topic independently.
At the school district level Code/Interactive helps create plans for the most appropriate computer science lessons or courses across a school system or at individual sites.
When the formal ceremonies were done the evening shifted to networking and catching up with old friends. Tony Sklar and I took this opportunity to get a few words from some of the honorees and many of the people who worked behind the scenes to make both the evening and the day to day activities a success. Listen to their stories.