"Our aim is to increase the diversity of the students studying Computer Science, to challenge the stereotypes and to create accessible opportunities for all students to experience the subject first hand."
Monday 29th June saw our official launch at BCS headquarters in London. After a welcome from #include chair Laura Dixon, attendees were treated to an inspiring speech by BBC Click presenter Kate Russell about how she became interested in technology - beginning when her brother was bought a BBC Micro computer! Next up was Amy Morris, a final year undergraduate at Sheffield Hallam University who has been working on girls perceptions of ICT and whether they can be changed through the use of technology. Finally we pitted our panel of Carrie Anne Philbin, Nicki Maddams, Phillip Bryant and Dan Bowen against questions from the floor and Twitter, resulting in some interesting debate about the diversity issues in Computing.
Whilst enjoying some refreshments kindly sponsored by OCR, we were then treated to a series of 'stalls' where attendees could find out about new technology and resources for their classroom, ranging from Piface and Sonic Pi to Chris Roffey's excellent resources. Visual Minutes were drawn by Creative Connection and we recorded a live stream of the event for those who missed it.
Our Diversity in Computing festival is coming up this summer on 15th June 2013 at Rugby School, Warwickshire.
We will be running a range of workshops for students aged 11-13 and a series of talks, panel discussion and networking sessions for adults who are interested in supporting wider diversity in Computing.
We are a group of teachers and academics who are passionate about giving ALL students the opportunity to study Computing. You don't have to be a teacher to be able to help :) Here are some things you can do:
Please contact Laura Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org to be #included!