For many people, “Computer Science” hearkens images of young men hunched over laptops, programming, encoding, analyzing algorithms.
And while those are significant components to it, the discipline is far more wide-reaching and expansive.
Front row: Sarah Duquette, Josephine Bowen, Ana Khovanskaya, Eva Moynihan Back row: Angela Taricco, Amol Punjabi, Jacqueline Forson, Sashrika Saini, Christopher Thorne, Ryan Verique
Students at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI recently explored that diversity in a winning video for the Computer Science Teachers Association.
Titled “Faces of Computing,” the goal of the video contest was to represent a variety of young people with an array of backgrounds and interests taking part in computing. Winners were announced earlier this month, with Mass Academy winning the high school division. Awards were also given out for middle school and elementary school.
“Computer science is a core part of our curriculum. It’s important for kids to embrace it,” said Mass Academy director Michael Barney. “Computing touches almost every aspect of what people encounter nowadays.”
Led by computer science teacher Angela Taricco ’98, nine students put together a 1-minute, 15-second video portraying themselves using computers for programming, 3D printing, robotics, and CAD; others made use of computer tools to capture audio of themselves playing instruments, or to edit video of a dance performance they took part in.
“It demonstrates what the students are interested in,” says Taricco, and how computing is incorporated into that, and vice versa.