We used the Scratch program to deliver a unique paired programming experience for mothers, daughters, and sisters. Providing workbooks of activities, we challenged the participants to learn basic functionality of the Scratch program and then apply the skill sets they learned to build a unique program that solved a problem within their life or community. Allowing the participants time to work through a set of standard skills activities gave them the confidence they needed to embrace the end project where they needed to apply critical thinking skills in addition to their newly learned programming skills. Pairing the participants with family members gave them quality time to spend together working on a mutual project with the expectation that they would encourage each other to get involved with additional programming activities after the lunch and learn.
Hodges University will work toward setting up and maintaining a program/computer camp for high school students to provide insight into the technology field for young ladies that have had little to no previous exposure to technological fields of study.
We will provide the computer classrooms and instruction for the students to learn and experience programming through programs such as Scratch, Kodu, and App Developer; We will focus on paired learning.