Celebrating diversity in computing – more!

Celebrating diversity in computer science

Our free posters for schools are live and we’ll be adding a little more information here to help point your class in the right direction to find out about the fantastic work all these people did and are doing.

Please let us know how you’re using these resources, we’d love to hear more via Twitter (@cs4fn) or email cs4fn@eecs.qmul.ac.uk

Shwetal Shah
Our poster says… “Thank you, Shwetal Shah. For representing young women in technology. With governments and multinationals and championing creativity in computing. What cat-themed game that teaches programming did Schwetal work on?”

“Shwetal co-developed Erase All Kittens, an online platform which teaches coding. Aimed at getting girls into computing, E.A.K. teaches HTML &CSS in a fun creative game-based way.

Having received an UN Empower Women Champion Award and named a Code First Girls “One to watch” Shwetal has presented at international meetings and events on youth and technology.”

Linked classroom themes and activities: Suitable for KS2-KS5,  PSHE, Geography. Design a product that teaches programming. Investigate the impact of tech in different countries. Write a speech to the United Nations on the advantages and disadvantages of technology.

Juliana Rotich
Our poster says… “You co-developed a platform that saves lives and supports democracy  across  the world. Find out who provides the data for Ushahidi.

Juliana was instrumental in the development of Ushahidi. This platform is used to support election monitoring, human rights reporting and crisis response. Data for the system is crowd sourced and the system has been used over a quarter of a million time in over 160 countries. It was used after the Haiti Earthquake augmenting formal relief support with real time data gathered from local people combined with geographical data and social media data.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS2- KS5, History – Think about a crisis from History, how could a crowd sourced system of real time data  have helped? How has social media been used in recent history for high profile events?

Mary Lou Jepsen
Our poster says… “Your inventions in displays and imaging are all around us, head mounted displays, live walls, VR and holography. Find out about Mary Lou’s work at Google, Facebook, MIT and her own companies.”

Mary Lou co-founded the one laptop per child initiative which provided low cost low power (XO) laptops to the world’s poorest children. Over 2 million children in 42 countries now have an XO laptop. This laptop has been said to have inspired later low-cost devices. On technical work she has invented more than 200 optical products. She has worked in brain imaging, projector products including head mounted displays. In 1991 she created one of the largest holograms that filled a city block in Germany. She is now working on medical imaging that uses light and holography technology.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS3-KS5, Art – Design a huge hologram!, Science – Investigate Openwater’s light based imaging.

Susan Wojcicki
Our poster says… “Named “the most important person in advertising”, your tech executive marketing skills drove Google’s rise. Find out about Susan’s early involvement with Google.”

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, set up their Google office in Susan’s garage when it was first incorporated. Soon after, Susan became Google’s first marketing manager and since then has held high profile senior roles. She has led on products such as AdSense which manages the process for web page providers to be paid by companies to advertise on their site.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS2-KS3, PSHE – What ads are shown on  the websites you and your family regularly visit? Does this targeted marketing work?

Kimberly Bryant
Our poster says… “As an electronics engineer who also worked in pharmaceuticals & biotech, you figured we needed action for tech inclusion and created a non profit foundation. What is the name of the foundation that Kimberly set up?”

Kimberly founded Black Girls Code a community outreach group who provide after school and summer camps which teach programming to young African American girls in the US.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS3-KS5, PSHE – Investigate the % of people from different ethnic groups  working in STEM and present on ways to change this.

Martha Lane Fox
Our poster says… “Appointed as the youngest female member of the House of Lords as the Digital Inclusion Champion, you campaign for responsible technology. Find out what website Martha co-founded.”

Martha co-founded Last Minute an online travel business in the 1990’s. Having worked for a number of high profile business she then founded Doteveryone.org.uk a charity championing responsible technology. She was appointed as the youngest member of the House of Lords and is an advocate for human and women’s rights.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS3- KS5, PSHE – Investigate the % of women working in STEM and present on ways to change this.

Dorcas Muthoni
Our poster says… “By founding a mentoring program for women in computing and working with governments & international groups you are driving change transform African lives. Where did Dorcas study and what were her specialisms?”

Dorcas studied Computer Science at the University of Nairobi specialising in wireless networks, radio communications and strategic technology planning. As well as running a highly successful technology company she has founded Afchix a mentoring group supporting women in computing in Africa.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS3-KS5, Geography – Investigate  Afchix and consider the challenges faced by women working in Africa in Technology. How are these challenges the same or different to UK women?

Annie Easley
Our poster says… “Your code was used to fly rockets and laid the foundations for space shuttle launches. Find out about Annie’s work in the 1960’s.”

Annie Easley worked at NACA and NASA for over 34 years. She developed and implemented programs solving energy problems that have led to the foundation of technology used in launches of space shuttles and satellites.

Linked classroom themes and activities: History – Read  sections of the transcript of Annie’s interview and present on aspects. How have things changed since her time working in computing?

Anne-Marie Imafidon
Our poster says… “You have created a social enterprise which runs hackathons, mentoring and an online platform.  Find out about the Stemettes.”

Aged only 11, Anne-Marie was the youngest girl to pass her A-Level Computing and she was only 20 when she passed a Master’s degree in Maths and Computer Science! Since then she has co-founded STEMettes a programme to inspire young women in STEM.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS3-KS5, PSHE – Investigate  the % of women working in STEM and present on ways to change this.

John Henry Thompson
Our poster says… “You developed a programming language that displays images – Lingo. This work has helped combine art and tech in web design, animation, graphics and video games. Try a drawing app or processing.js”

John developed a scripting language that displays visuals in computer programs, Lingo. This is used to incorporate graphic formats such as BMP, AVI, JPEG, PNG in multi-media applications combining visual art with programming.

Linked classroom themes and activities: KS2-KS3, Art – Design a multimedia product incorporating a range of graphic formats.

Please let us know how you’re using these resources, we’d love to hear more via Twitter (@cs4fn) or email cs4fn@eecs.qmul.ac.uk


This work is funded by the Institute of Coding with additional funding from TLC.

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