Power On!

Power On!

Graphic ed

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This lively graphic novel follows a diverse group of teenage friends as they discover that computing can be fun, creative, and empowering. Taylor, Christine, Antonio, and Jon seem like typical young teens-they communicate via endless texting, they share jokes, they worry about starting high school, and they have each other's backs. But when a Black man is shot and killed by police in their city, they are outraged-and then they learn that he had been misidentified and tracked by an artificial intelligence program. How can an algorithm be racist? And what is an algorithm, anyway? In school, they decide to explore computing classes, with mixed results. One class is only about typing. The class that Christine wants to join is full, and the school counsellor suggests that she take a class in "Tourism and Hospitality" instead. (Really??) But Antonio's class seems legit, Christine finds an after-school program, and they decide to teach the others what they learn. By summer vacation, all four have discovered that computing is both personally and politically empowering. Interspersed through the narrative are text boxes with computer science explainers and inspirational profiles of people of colour and women in the field (including Katherine Johnson of Hidden Figures fame). Power Up! is an essential read for young adults, general readers, educators, and anyone interested in the power of computing, how computing can do good or cause harm, and why addressing underrepresentation in computing needs to be a top priority.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543255
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
Edition: Graphic ed
DEWEY: 741.5
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 374g
Height: 172mm
Width: 252mm
Spine width: 11mm