Seniors Sherice Gomes (left) and Alwynique Prophet (right), both of whom enrolled in the AP CSP class that granted Hyde the 2019 College Board’s Computer Science Female Diversity Award.
Award Recognition and Defying Norms
This Spring Hyde proudly received the 2019 College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. This honor recognizes the outstanding work and leadership that have gone into engaging more female students in computer science and computer science education. Out of 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, Hyde was one of only 639 schools, just 3% of that total, to be recognized in achieving this award.
By providing access to computer science courses, Hyde is opening doors for our female students to learn more about not only the world of STEM, but also prepare them for in-demand jobs of the future. These courses will grant them opportunities to help solve some of society’s most challenging problems, ultimately driving innovation and creativity in the field.
Kathryn Anderson, Instructional Coach, Data Manager and Instructor of the AP CSP class at Hyde, said a key contribution to Hyde earning the award has been accessibility. She said, “a reason why a lot of women do not go into the computer science field is because they have this idea in their mind that it isn’t for them, as girls… and it isn’t accessible to them”.
Seniors Sherice Gomes and Alwynique Prophet feel that this course has granted them and other female students the opportunity to explore an interest in the field of computer science before college. Sherice credited Ms. Anderson for inspiring her to take the class. She gave Sherice the confidence that this field is something that women can pursue. Sherice explained the impact of the AP CSP course at Hyde as, “…a chance for more girls to challenge the gender dynamic or norms that… this field is only for boys… Thanks to Hyde, we’ll see more representation of women in the field”. One of Sherice’s favorite parts of the course was coding and designing their very own Mario platform game.