The Faces of Computing Video Contest was a big success. We had over 100 entries from 20 states and 6 countries. The idea behind the Faces of Computing Contest, both the previous poster contest and the video contest, is to represent a greaer variety of people doing computing and to dispel myths about what computing is and who can do it. Too often in industry and in people’s minds, the “faces of computing” are white and male. The posters and videos submitted by these students show that all kinds of people enjoy computing.
The videos showcase students not only with different ethnic backgrounds represented, but also students with a wide variety of other interests in addition to Computer Science, It’s clear that CS appeals to many kinds of kids. In the videos, there are artists and athletes, writers and math geeks, and budding computer scientists. The students show that Computer Science really is for everyone and can be useful in a variety of fields.
The winners were hard to choose, as there were so many great entries! I loved getting to see what other schools do in Computer Science class and hearing students talk about their CS work and their other interests. Below are the winners’ videos. They are really great promotions for CS. I highly recommend showing them to your classes, to your administrators, whomever you think needs a little nudge to see CS in a different light.
Winner, High School Division
Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science
Teacher: Angela Taricco
Students: Josephine Bowen, Sarah Duquette, Jackie Forson, Ana Khovanskaya, Eva Moynihan, Amol Punjabi, Sashrika Saini, Christopher Thorne, Ryan Vereque
Winner, Middle School Division
Teacher: Idrus Tamam
Students: Uluwiyah Jatim
Winner, Elementary School Division
Hale Kula Elementary School
Teacher: Megan Cummings
Students: Kaylee Smith, Markus Langhammer-Kenan, Kaleah Shabazz, Haylee Barlow, Natalie Chastain