For the second year in a row, Virginia Tech has invited high school computing teachers in Virginia to come visit us for professional development, idea sharing, and networking. This year funding from NCWIT and Microsoft supported the event.
This week Forbes published a terrific article on serial entrepreneurs featuring profiles of several (technical) women. Instead of taking a gendered lens, however, the author focuses on the qualities that ALL serial entrepreneurs must have in common: tenacity, passion, love for new challenges, and a willingness to take risks.
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