Blacks in Technology – CSTREAMing
by William Jackson
Edward Waters College – Educational Technology Instructor
Computers Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Mathematics
“The development of content, creation of Apps, software development,
and the integration of technology for reading, science, engineering, math
and other areas of academia for African Americans is only part of the battle
to create an employable high tech workforce.”
William Jackson, Edward Waters College, Educational Technology Instructor
The African American participants of One SPARK (each year grows) in
One Spark and Ed Spark ranging from educational software, to reading
initiatives like Reader Theater (Tangela Floyd and Emanuel Washington),
the implementation of robotics in learning GEERS, a focus on the growing
academic initiatives of STEM/STEAM.
The encouraging trend is more participants are African American showing
that even in Crowd Funding African Americans have viable and competitive
Several of the highlights of One Spark and Ed Spark that is still being
celebrated on a national scale, the winner of the Education Division
“The Adventures of Moxie Girl,” whose comic book concept is an inspiration
to African American girls in the very sensitive subject of hair and self-esteem.
Literacy, comprehension, imagination and reading are vital for African Americans
to be competitive in a world that has embraced technological advances. Too
many African American children are struggling in a nation that is leading globally
in technological evolution. One Spark and Ed Spark have shown that African
Americans have to be able to build Apps, write with power, imagination, and
creativity, involved in project management, STREAM initiatives on a grass roots
basis in the community. STEM provides an opportunity to enhance the future
life of children through futuristic careers, inspiring them to dream and
imagine their future careers even at early years of age.
In a BET survey (2010) African Americans spent about 39 billion dollars that
went towards purchasing technology. The purchase of computers, cell phones,
tablets, watches and other digital equipment shows that African Americans are
connected and plugged in when purchasing, but what about the economic
development from concept to development? African American children must
be taught how to be developers, programmers and even teachers of tech not
Schools can encourage the building of foundations of re-investment to build
children of color into future developers. STEAM, STREAM, STEM, CSTEAM,
STEM3 are based on the integration of Computers Science Technology Reading
Engineering Arts Mathematics (R=Reading – C=Computers -M3 =Medicine).
AA youth need the power of education through math, literacy, comprehension
and reading to compete.
AA children need the foundation in education to apply their intellectual powers to
be involved in the growing technological changes happening today.
African Americans in Jacksonville, Florida and across the nation cannot afford to
be left out and left behind in opportunities like Crowd Funding.
The potential financial prospects are unimaginable and have an economic potential
to influence youth, teens, and young adults that have dreams and aspirations
in fields like CSTREAM3.
African American parents need to consider the realities do they want their children
involved in CSTREAM3 or the potential of being underemployed or unemployable?
Too many families are slaves to EBT and public assistance because of the lack
and respect for and of education. This is a decision that African American families
are making as they see unemployment rise for African Americans especially youth
in a high tech society. Too many African Americans are not tech qualified because
they are not qualified, skilled, have degrees or certifications.
Education in CSTREAM3 can prepare beyond traditional careers, but education