Congratulations to Carrie Ann Philbin, who has been awarded an MBE for her services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020.
Carrie Anne is a cofounder of CAS#Include, our CAS working group of educators committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in computing, and a key part of Computing at School.
Her recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced this weekend, reflects the breadth of her contribution to education, particularly in encouraging girls to get involved in technology and computer science.
“On behalf of the whole Computing at School community, huge congratulations to Carrie Anne on this richly deserved recognition," said Julia Adamson, Director of Education at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
“Carrie Anne’s vision and leadership as cofounder and co-chair of CAS#Include, has supported computing educators, across the country and beyond, to develop their knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion, with the aim that they can improve their schools’ computing offer so that every child can truly benefit. “
Carrie Anne is director of education at Raspberry Pi, and led the team which created the NCCE’s Teach Computing Curriculum, over 500 hours of free teaching resources for primary and secondary teachers, launched this summer.
Carrie Anne’s Youtube channel, Geek Gurl Diaries, profiles women working in tech, creates hands-on computer science tutorials, demonstrates that computing is fun, and encourages girls to get involved in computer science. She also hosts the Computer Science videos on Crash Course YouTube channel, with over two million views.
Carrie Anne said;
“I am thrilled to be honoured in this way and to shine a light on all the great work happening in Computing education in the UK. But this work is not a solo endeavour! I’ve been immensely fortunate to have met and worked with a lot of clever and warm people within the Computing at School and Raspberry Pi communities who have helped me in all sorts of ways.”
Prof Simon Peyton Jones, also congratulated Carrie Anne;
"I was absolutely delighted to hear of Carrie Anne’s MBE. She was an early member of CAS, and is a strongly-contributing member of the CAS Board. She is chair of CAS #include, and is a shining example of the values of dignity, empowerment, and inclusion that CAS strives to embody. She also leads the NCCE team that has developed the Teach Computing Curriculum, a ten year detailed programme of study in computing. It brings the computing curriculum to life, and will support thousands of teachers and millions of children. Quite simply, she is a star, and it’s great to see her recognised in this way. Congratulations Carrie Anne!"