Dr. Lisa V. Milenkovic
Curriculum Supervisor for STEM
Weston, Florida, USA / White/Caucasian
🎓 B.S. Chemistry, University of Miami
🎓 Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Northeastern University
😁 Lisa started learning the viola in sixth grade and played in amateur ensembles.
Dr. Milenkovic is catalyzing STEM education for all by providing an ever-changing, diverse set of fun and engaging opportunities (including gaming, spatial computing, and citizen science.)
ABOUT HER WORK
Dr. Lisa V. Milenkovic is the STEM+CS Curriculum Supervisor at Broward County Public Schools and the lead/founder of BASE, South Florida’s STEM Ecosystem. She has a background in Analytical Chemistry and leads various STEM programs, including the Code.org partnership, K-12 STEM Olympiad, and NSF CSforAll projects. Dr. Milenkovic is dedicated to providing diverse and engaging STEM opportunities for all students and was recognized for her efforts by ACM SIGCAS in 2022. Dr. Milenkovic believes EVERY student should find their STEM identity through experiencing an ever-changing, diverse set of fun and engaging opportunities (including gaming, spatial computing, and citizen science).
WATCH & DISCUSS
Watch: Day of the Girl: An Interview with Dr. Lisa Milenkovic
What are jobs in computer science that we didn’t have 5 years ago?
How has computers changed our lives for the better?
Can we predict the future?
ADVICE TO YOUNGER SELF
Lisa first learned computer science after high school.
“The advice I would give to my 22-year-old self would be to take the CS courses without hesitation and not wait for the last semester of my senior year of college. Take CS early, and often, no matter what path your career takes, computer science will help your success!”
HOW HAS LISA’S WORK CONTRIBUTED TO OR HARNESSED COMPUTER SCIENCE'S GOOD, NEUTRAL, AND NEGATIVE IMPACTS?
Ethical or Moral Impacts of Computing: “The primary impacts have been around privacy and cybersecurity with data sharing and the use of educational software. Also around the use of AI as a "homework assistant."
Good: Through partnerships and internal collaboration, Broward Schools has transformed into a hub for computer science education, fostering a community-wide culture shift. Dr. Milenkovic's efforts, along with support from the National Science Foundation and the state of Florida, have expanded computer science beyond traditional CS teachers, reaching various educators and students across diverse subjects like music, art, PE, social studies, and ELA. This inclusive approach aims to provide a broad range of students with opportunities to engage in problem-solving using computer science.
Neutral: A neutral impact may occur if computer science education solely focuses on programming puzzles without encouraging students to apply computing knowledge to create real-world solutions. In such cases, the potential for creativity and problem-solving may be underutilized.
Negative: Negative impacts can occur when educators and administrators lack an understanding of computer science and fail to integrate computing into their teaching. This limitation can restrict access to computer science education for some students, hindering their opportunities to learn and apply CS for problem-solving.