Carol Frieze (left) and Jeria Quesenberry – Photo www.cmu.edu
Fewer women than men pursue computer science, but correcting that imbalance won’t be accomplished via quick fixes or by making coursework less strenuous. Rather, the culture of computer science departments must change, as outlined in a new book, “Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University.”
Source: Increasing Number of Women in Computing Hinges on Changes in Culture, Not Curriculum
8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding
1. Know the specific barriers we need to overcome.
2. Start with concrete first steps in your own life.
The lack of women and girls in computer science is a well-documented problem. Now it’s time for the average person to finally do something about it.
Addressing the issue of girls and coding in your community doesn’t require you to start your own nonprofit or advocacy organization. In fact, you can start very small, like choosing to empower a girl you know.
3. Find organizations putting in the work already.
4. Be a role model.
5. Encourage your local school to teach girls how to code.
6. Lead a coding club for girls.
7. Recognize that computer science is an intersectional issue.
8. Understand where girls need to begin, too.
Source: 8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding
Verden trenger flere kvinner i ingeniørfag, matematikk og naturvitenskapelige fag, og NASA håper filmer som Star Wars kan bidra. – Vi vet ikke om den nye Einstein vil være en kvinne eller mann, påpeker NASAs forskningssjef Ellen Stofan.
Source: Håper Rey i Star Wars kan få flere jenter til å like realfag
Encouraged by the positive feedback from the participants, we agreed that all children should get the chance to try out the basics of programming in a fun, tangible way. Word of a public code club spread through word of mouth and social media, and the registration for the first Code School filled up within an hour. Over 300 children were placed on a waiting list.
“BUT how can we get boys and girls excited about coding?” they ask in the video. By drawing with code!
Code School from Reaktor on Vimeo.
Source: Code School for children and heads of state – Reaktor
Nonprofit Girls Who Code is giving away scholarships to low-income girls who want to take their free summer coding classes. Here’s why.
Roughly 1% of girls study computer science — and just 20% of software developers are women. So Girls Who Code alumni have the potential to add a big influx of women into the STEM pipeline.
Source: Girls Who Code to give $1 million to underprivileged girls – Jan. 19, 2016