Technology/Media Services Department
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National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Awards
Juniors Emma Carter and Lauren Zarro received the Philadelphia Area National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards at a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. Emma received the Philadelphia Affiliate 2019 Rising Star Award at the ceremony; Lauren received the Philadelphia Area Affiliate Honorable Mention Award. Emma was recognized in the fall with the 2018 National Award Certificate of Distinction (which came to the school).
College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award
Merion Mercy has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Merion Mercy is one of only 685 to accomplish this.
Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.
“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, [School Name] has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”
The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
The Media Services/Technology Department seeks to prepare students to be skillful and responsible users of technology, to utilize software and web applications to solve specific problems, to use technology seamlessly in all areas of the curriculum, to understand the social, ethical, and cultural issues related to emerging technologies, and to critically and methodically find and evaluate information. To accomplish its goal, the department prepares freshman for the technology and research demands of the various departments’ curricula in an engaging Technology Resources course.
Throughout their four years at Merion Mercy Academy, students receive ongoing education in research and citation skills as they prepare for higher education. Media Services/Technology faculty members collaborate with teachers to meet the resource needs of students as well as to educate students to become analytical thinkers and lifelong learners.
- Understand the skills necessary to actively participate in the online global community in which they live.
- Apply technology skills in their life-long learning; such skills include:
Word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; multimedia applications;
web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc); and social networking.
- Understand how to navigate the Internet safely and effectively, taking into consideration new and ever-changing forms of communication.
- Learn how to find and evaluate information using the resource trifecta (books, periodicals, and websites) and develop critical research skills needed for all levels of scholarly research and writing.
PLEASE VIEW THE COURSE OF STUDIES GUIDE 2020-21 TO LEARN ABOUT COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEOLOGY AND CURRENT OFFERINGS.