Updated: Mar 31
March 31st, 2021
Why you should embed ethics into your STEM practice
Why is it important to teach ethics with coding?
Coding is a tool, and it’s a very powerful one in today’s world. Like any tool, it can be used for the betterment of society, such as by creating an app that helps you track forest fire sightings, or it can be used to the detriment of society, such as by creating a video game that mocks, or makes fun of a classmate. If we only teach students about a tool, but not about the responsibility they have to use it wisely, they’ll be missing out on a crucial 21st century skill of responsibility, communication in a diverse environment, and leadership and initiative.
Implementing it properly
There’s no right or wrong way to implement ethics into your STEM, STEAM, or iSTEAM practice. What’s important is that it comes from a place of authenticity, provides your students with critical thinking skills, and doesn’t stifle their creativity. For example, if you’re teaching a course on video game creation, you could have students reflect on different video games to see if they have a net positive or a net negative for society.
Whenever I do this, I always explain to the students that this doesn’t mean that a video game has to be educational, you could be doing a net positive for society by providing an experience