Welcome to AImagination.
AImagination strives to include underrepresented minorities in STEAM fields.
"Nine in ten parents want their child to study computer science, but only one in four schools teach computer programming."
"There are half as many African Americans and Hispanics in tech as in the rest of the private sector."
Minorities are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields. According to CSEW, African Americans and Hispanics comprise of only 13% of Computer Science students. Additionally, Catalyst explains that only 24% of computer scientists are women. Early, hands-on opportunities can help inspire minorities to consider a career in computer science. CSEW finds that when exposed to computer science in high school women are 10 times more likely and Black and Hispanic children 7 more likely to major in it. Diversity is essential. In fields like AI, lack of diversity can exacerbate inequality, but a diverse workforce could result in a more meritocratic society. AImagination encourages underrepresented students to follow their passions and create a more inclusive future.
"86% of Americans agree that arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child's attitude towards school."
In recent years, an initiative to include more STEAM-based learning in classrooms has gained momentum. It comes after the US Department of Education reported an expected increase of 14% in STEM/STEAM related jobs between 2010 and 2020. Why the sudden interest in STEAM though? Much like its relative ‘STEM,’ STEAM encompasses all aspects of the science, technology, engineering and math spectrum, with one notable difference: art. According to the Huffington Post, “the inclusion of the arts component into STEM makes it more fun to learn, and more approachable to kids.” At AImagination, we honor that approach by introducing the diverse applications of computer science through artistic and hands-on projects.
Computer science is one of the fastest growing subject, as it is projected to have 1.4 million jobs available in 2020. The average projected salary for a computer scientist in 2018 is $66,005. Furthermore, learning computer science at an early age hones skills in logic and problem solving that are applicable anywhere. It is important to study artificial intelligence in particular, as it is becoming pertinent to many disciplines. Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the face of healthcare, transportation, education, and so much more. Studying artificial intelligence enables students to contribute to a field with an ever growing impact on society.
“The arts – writing, music, art, theater and dance – paired with science, technology, engineering and math, foster a relationship between both sides of the brain for maximum human innovation potential.”