Friday News Roundup

May 7, 2010

The University of Arizona published an article this week about its new report, “Addressing Core Equity Issues in K-12 Computer Science Education: Identifying Barriers and Sharing Strategies” which it produced in cooperation with CSTA and the Anita Borg Institute.  The report is a concise and valuable read. It addresses a long-standing problem evident to all of us, but suggests a novel approach:

Friday News Roundup

April 30, 2010

There was a terrific profile this week on Texas State University’s implementation of ACTiVATE, the UMBC program (and EA member) that encourages women to start tech businesses by providing them with entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and skills. What a great example of how an entrepreneurship program brings together local technologies and local talent to nurture innovation and business.

Friday Roundup

April 16, 2010

If you've been wondering what computer science enrollments are like across the pond, here's one answer: Cambridge University in the UK apparently has launched a campaign to recruit more students to computer science, and to dispel the myth that it’s “only for geeks”.

Computer Science and Flexible Learning

April 15, 2010
David Notkin

I've heard Maria Klawe say (something along the lines of): "To become a better teacher, you should learn how to do new things that are hard for you - this will help you remember what it is like for many of your students." 

Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony

April 7, 2010
Award Winner

Wow!  What a great time.

Somehow, I was one of 32 girls selected for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (and after hearing about all the awesome accomplishments of the other winners, I'm not sure how!). 

For Ada Lovelace: 32 Women that We Admire

March 26, 2010
Ada Lovelace

Wednesday, March 24, was Ada Lovelace Day: an internationally recognized day of blogging and social media to celebrate and promote women's contributions to technology and computing.

Women Techies United at SXSW

March 22, 2010
Techies United image

At this year's SXSW, 10 "women-in-tech" organizations teamed up to sponsor a single booth. "Women Techies United" turned out to be quite an attraction! Nearly every woman who walked by (and a lot of men too) stopped to see what we were all about.

Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Computing Attracts 57% Female Students

March 10, 2010
Digital woman

Despite outreach programs, targeted recruitment efforts and scholarships, women continue to account for a disproportionally small fraction of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computing. That suggests to me that if we’re ever going to change our demographics, we need to look carefully at the product we’re offering. 

Girl Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM)

February 16, 2010
People animations

This is the second in a series of blogs contributed by winners of the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund, a Microsoft-funded initiative that awards up to $15,000 to innovative programs that recruit and retain women students in post-secondary computing departments. Read more about the Seed Fund here.

Harnessing Hacking: Inspiring Girls to get Creative with Computing

February 8, 2010
Girls working together

The term “hacking” has, over time, had many different interpretations.