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The design process for EAquitas as a website was straightforward: it required the components of a thorough research, albeit the content is not as comprehensive as it can be for accessibility, and of a advocacy website, including the mission statement and advocate page. As far as the technical design goes, I created the project name and logo based on our core value, equity—EAquitas, Education Advocacy for Equity; the logo depicts people being uplifted and leveled by hands as the scale of justice. Color choice was more arbitrary, but I imagined EAquitas in purple and teal. Throughout the web-building process, I had to settle for less than my original vision: I could not create an animated scroll scalable vector graphic to walk through my research, because at my level of web design, it was not feasible within the deadline of Emoticon; likewise, I did not have time to learn php to create a contact page. Other changes to my original design included an interview archive in lieu of a dropdown submenu, as suggested by my mentor.
After Emoticon-NYC, I plan to further my research and expand my web design skills.
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A first generation Latina who is a computer science graduate with a special interest in frontend development. Through the years as a student I have worked on many amazing projects such as creating an interactive BINGO website and have interned in an amazing technology company. On my free time you can catch me reading articles on the Medium or coming up with ideas for potential apps!
Corinne Brenner is the Director of Learning for Killer Snails, where she contributes theoretical knowledge about learning sciences to design and research interactive media for education. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Communication and Technology at NYU, where she researches the effectiveness of educational games and virtual environments. She received her BA in Psychology from Cornell University, and MSc in Social Psychology from the University of Amsterdam.
What I do all day at work?
I help teachers figure out how to start teaching computer science to their students. I design activities that the teachers can do with their students, model that lesson for them, and then share resources to make computer science fun and engaging for learners of all ages.
I chose to study biology and pre-med since I had experience with them, knew that I enjoyed them, and knew that I could do well in them. I was intrigued by CS, but I didn't want to take a class, risking thousands of dollars in tuition on a subject that I didn't know if I would be good at or enjoy. I distinctly remember seeing the CS majors' projects, programming robots to play music and dance around the floor, and wishing that I could do that...yet I never did.
Fast forward a few years, and I am a high school science teacher. A friend tells me about an opportunity to be trained in something called Exploring Computer Science, an introductory high school curriculum for students with little-to-no background in CS. This is perfect! I can provide my students with the opportunities that I wish I had in school. I ended up creating a pathway for students to take ECS, AP CSP, and AP CSA, but I knew that I had done all I could at that school.
I left to become a professional developer. I now spend my time designing and implementing trainings for K-12 teachers who want to start teaching CS, either as a standalone class or integrated into another subject area. And I still occasionally run coding events for kids at my local library.
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Community Advocacy, Education/Schools, Immigration
This website does a great job of informing users about inequity in schools. If you wanted to take this project one step further, you could add a page to the website to provide visitors with easy action steps for creating change, such as sending emails to representatives or printing fliers that they could distribute to others.
Overall, this was a really well done project with the potential to change the world!
Sariyah Idan is an internationally touring performing artist and educator. Recognized for her solo theater show “Homeless In Homeland” about Jewish identity and the occupation of Palestine, awarded by the LA Women’s Theater Festival and highlighted by the ONE Festival NYC. As a music artist she has rocked iconic venues like The Kennedy Center, The Skirball Cultural Center, and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is an educator with Pockets Change teaching financial resilience through hip hop culture.
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