The other day, Lee Green @InstTechGuy and Cat Flippen @CatFlippen posted a message on the G+ GEG (Google Educators Group) about the "What is Computer Science?" event being hosted by the Black Googlers Network (BGN) at the Google Atlanta Office. I was lucky enough to snag a spot! It was so great!! Parents and educators were treated to inside information about various technology careers within Google along with tips on ways to help students become informed and prepared for a computing career in general. Students were given design challenges by Google staff to expose them to solving complex problems, creating new things, and understanding how the user experience and ultimately usability is influenced by the choices a product designer makes. During lunch, the adults had to figure out how to operate the things that were created by the students who used spare parts and recycled materials. The kids did an awesome job and learned a lot!
The big takeaway message to educators was given by one of the guys on the Google panel (Mr Marshall): "Don't give up on the knuckle heads! Don't write off any students, ever!" And, as a reminder to us all, we must remember that the key to success is PERSEVERANCE--- One special Googler, Nancy Douyon, (pictured on the right) reported multiple severe social factors putting the odds against her success but she found a way to survive, thrive, succeed, and exceed all expectations. Her accomplishments are too numerous to name but they are extreme and extensive. While she is intentional in her service to young women of color, she also serves as a role model to ALL girls and young women everywhere by showing what it looks like to be a strong, determined woman!! For students: http://www.google.com/edu/programs/index.html#!students
FUN at Google!!!