[Gary Stager in this EdSurge article gives tribute to Cynthia Solomon, one of the pioneers of educational computing. In many ways I owe my career to Cynthia. As a teacher in West Virginia I discovered the Logo computer language. I used Cynthia’s book to help me get started using the computer as a problem-solving tool. Today the ideas and activities Cynthia shared are still valuable and on target.]
By Gary Stager Jun 7, 2016
Today there are numerous well-intentioned attempts to “get girls into S.T.E.M.” Yet, often there is too little action taken—beyond conference presentations and blog posts about the topic. One way we might help increase the number of women in technology is by honoring the industry’s pioneers.
On May 16th at its annual summit in Redrock Canyon, Nevada, the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) did just that. NCWIT honored Dr. Cynthia Solomon with its Pioneer Award in long-overdue recognition of her contributions to both information technology and the role she played in bringing computing experiences to children.