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Depicting Science, Engineering & Technology

Brian NEW HeadshotA Message from EIC's President, CEO & Co-Founder, Brian Dyak

Did you know that by 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more jobs in the computer science field than there will be students to fill them? The growing demand for computer programmers in animation, film, social media, manufacturing, aerospace and other industries provides an excellent incentive for students, teachers, and schools throughout the country to learn about the importance of coding.

What better example of the impact that coding has on our every day lives than the development of social media and internet search engines? Films have integrated coding in entertaining ways too. Look back at Antitrust, which portrayed young idealistic programmers and a large corporation that offered significant money, a low-keyed working environment, and creative opportunities for those talented programmers willing to work for them. In Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, a young computer whiz, aided Journalist Mikael Blomkvist in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years. A memorable scene in the movie The Social Network showed how a group of young, hip computer science students brought this revolutionary social media website to life by coding away for uninterrupted hours. Not only did they make their skills look like a cool hobby, but these diverse stories also show that there is no typical coder and the individuals who possess this skill are as diverse as the applications in which they use them.

The problem is, the percentage of college students graduating with college degrees in computer science is not high enough to fill the number of opportunities available in this field. This is where we can use the power of the entertainment industry to influence students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology, as well as motivate schools to include coding courses in their programs.

By including science, engineering, and technology in storylines and developing characters that portray the impact of pursuing a career in these fields, we can raise awareness and inspire audiences to find out about learning how to code. One amazing organization that strives to promote the importance of coding is, whom we are proud to shine the spotlight on this month!

 In this issue...
  • A Message from Brian Dyak
  • Meet Ruchi Sanghvi Part 2
  • Profile On:
  • Suggestions for Depicting Science, Engineering & Technology

RuchiMeet Ruchi, the first female engineer at Facebook! Listen to the second part of her EIC podcast here and learn more about her career and what it means to be a woman of technology today!

 Profile On:, a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education, strives to spread the word about the current demand for computer programmers in the workforce and inspires both students and teachers to get involved with coding.’s vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. Nowadays, coding courses do not count towards high school graduation math or science requirements in 41 out of 50 states in this country. Likewise, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. With computer science being among the highest paid college degrees and computer programming jobs growing at two times the national average, is taking measures to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to code among students, teachers, and schools, starting with this inspirational video! Vid

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 Suggestions for Depicting
Science, Engineering & Technology

Many young people are not aware of the vast diversity of career choices when it comes to science, engineering and technology and they may also not fully understand the practical and real life applications of the skills they learn in computer science or chemistry class. Consider these suggestions when creating your storylines that involve these topics:
  • Consider ways to show the link between a character’s background in education and interests in science, engineering, and technology and his or her success in pursuing a career in the key iStock_000009440149Medium (1)
  • Attempt to portray a character’s use of Science, Engineering, and Technology in ordinary life situations and the reality that individuals working in these fields are changing the world and shaping the way we live our daily lives. 
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