Museum Launches New Computer Science Program for Girls

Museum Launches New Computer Science Program for Girls


>>Christina Wallace>>BridgeUp STEM is a new
educational initiative here at AMNH that’s focused on the intersection of computer science
with science. The first program we’re launching under
BridgeUp STEM is focused on 9th and 10th-grade girls. It’s an after-school program that really
is an intensive look at computer science. We’re focused on how computer science helps
scientists do their work.>>Jackie Flaherty>>In the Astrophysics Department
here at AMNH, computer science is essentially the foundation of how everybody gets their
research done. Science can be very abstract. So, data visualization, the ability to take
the data sets that you’re working on and make them approachable, can bring you to see things that you didn’t
know were there in your data sets.>>Christina Wallace>>The instructors for the girls’ program are experts, in both computer science and science.>>Joralyssa Conley>>I think the Museum would
be a great place to learn computer science, because there are so many resources available. You’re not just taking computer science, you’re
taking other sciences with it. When you see that there’s, like, a real-life thing
that computer science can be applied to, it makes it more interesting.>>Christina Wallace>>Bridge Up Stem could
only happen here at the Museum. We have 33 Million objects in our collections. So we’re building this curriculum to take
advantage of all of these resources, every single class.>>Jackie Flaherty>>We’re going to give you
some really amazing research projects. You are going to do cutting-edge science while
learning extremely important skills.

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