After a summer internship with the company EQ4ALL, Sunny Park ’22 realized that there was one thing that The Hun School’s Computer Science department was missing. She notes that at the beginning of her internship, new team members were obligated to review the company’s ethics manual. Upon reading the manual, she knew that something similar would be the perfect edition to Hun’s Computer Science classes, so she began writing her own.
“I really believe that it’s necessary for computer science students to understand the power that they have when they begin creating a program,” she said. “So, I just decided to do my own independent research project and write my own ethics manual to share with students and teachers.”
Sunny notes that her thirty page ethics manual is broken down into three stages for creating a program:
“The first section discusses the purpose of why you are creating the program. Students should have clear goals for the technology they are creating. The second section covers the process of coding and discusses why you shouldn’t create something that could potentially be harmful to others. Lastly, section three covers the responsibilities that students have after the program is created. They have to understand that their work is never finished and even after the program is created it must be maintained properly to ensure that it’s still running the way it was intended to run.”
The manual also includes several case studies and example problems related to hacking and cyber security that students should solve and explain their answers.
Ms. Wright, Computer Science and Engineering department chair notes that she is eager to begin sharing the manual with students and colleagues alike.
As a STEM scholar, Sunny wholeheartedly believes that there is great power behind understanding the ethics associated with computer science. And as the field continues to develop, it’s even more important for this knowledge to be implemented at the high school level.
“Computer science is an ever-changing field and new information and opportunities are always presenting themselves,” she said. “When you have the power to create a program that so many people may have access to, you must always be responsible with the skills and knowledge that you have. If we continue to understand the ethics associated with coding, then we can create more positive opportunities within the field.”
On campus, Sunny is a co-leader of the Computer Science club, leader of Hun Hacks, the School’s hackathon team, leader of Hun’s chapter of Doctors Without Borders, and vice president of the National Honor Society.