From the BBC this week we hear that the number of UK students choosing to take the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) had fallen 33% over the last three years.
Hello from the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) at Columbia University! ESP is a peer-led workshop designed to encourage talented students to stay in the CS major after introductory classes. The goal of ESP is to show students that CS is necessarily a collaborative activity and that it involves much more than just programming. ESP's target audience includes students enrolled in Introduction to Computer Science classes who have not yet declared a major, but are contemplating CS.
On June 28th, we kicked off the 15th year of the Artemis Project here at Brown University. The Artemis Project is a free, five-week summer day camp for rising 9th-grade girls in the Providence area that teaches computer skills, programming, and computer science concepts through engaging activities, therby encouraging young women to join the field of computer science.
"Women hold 46.7% of the U.S. labor force -- but they account for only 3% of top executive positions (Catalyst, 2010). An even more alarming statistic, women account for only 1.1% of the average number of executive officers in the Information Technology industry."
This spring the University of Nebraska at Lincoln completed its 2nd Annual Girl Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) contest. Based on our introduction and exit surveys, we observed some interesting and encouraging results. Overall, more than half of students who completed both surveys reported improved views towards computer science. Participants also reported specifically inreased confidence in their CS knowledge and abilities and interests in majoring in CS. They also reported that it does not make sense that there are more men than wo
Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a nice excerpt from Tuesday’s Astia We Own IT Summit explaining why venture capital needs more women in their firms, and why simply having one woman partner in a firm isn’t enough. Take this anecdote from Cindy Padnos, founder of Illuminate Ventures and publisher of a whitepaper on women and entrepreneurship:
The Conference Board this week released its latest data on the number of science and engineering job openings across the U.S., as well as the ratio of job openings to job-seekers. (The Conference Board updates these data monthly, and many see them as a marker of economic health for particular industry sectors.)