Impacts of Computing: Founding Mothers of Technology


Janeal Tyler, Computer Science Teacher

Students in Computer Science Foundation 1 are beginning a Unit on “Impacts of Computing: Founding Mothers of Technology.”

With the invention of the computer, our culture, careers, and course of society has been forever changed.  In this course, you will learn about those changes and how you can be a part of this amazing revolution.  We begin our journey by going back to the first computers and the amazing women who helped to usher in our digital age.


At the beginning of every topic, students are STRONGLY encouraged to write down all of the vocabulary words and definitions found in each of the videos along with the key concepts.  These notes will help students a lot to complete assignments and tests.

In this unit students will learn about:

  • Ada Lovelace
  • Grace Hopper
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Margaret Hamilton

They are learning about networks and the internet so that they can:

  • Evaluate the ways computing impacts personal, ethical, social, economic, and cultural practices.
  • Examine bias and equity deficits in the early development of computer science
  • Demonstrate ways a given algorithm applies to problems across disciplines
  • Examine how collaboration on projects can increase connectivity of people in different cultures and career fields

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