It’s a wonderful CSEd Week! There is so much to celebrate – increasing numbers of students in computer science (CS) at all levels, lots of new curriculum choices and tools, and a realization (finally) that CS and technology hold promises of wonderfully creative careers for prepared young people.
While the numbers are looking better, there is still one number that lags; the number of women and girls in CS classes or entering CS careers is not where we need it to be if we want U.S. tech industries to be world-competitive.
The good news is that we have lots of opportunities (and resources) to encourage girls and women by breaking down stereotypes and creating welcoming environments. In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Maria Klawe, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College, shares three key practices that colleges can use to support and prepare women to pursue tech careers. See “3 Ways to Get More Women Into Tech,” Nov. 5, 2017.
Not so surprisingly, Klawe’s ideas for encouraging women in CS at the college level can be easily transferred to encouraging girls (and all students) K–12.
Congratulations to Maria Klawe and Harvey Mudd College for nearing gender parity in CS and engineering courses by using these strategies and thank you, Maria, for sharing your ideas with us all.
NICERC’s curricula is currently implemented in all 50 states and builds K-12 aptitude in STEM, computer science, and cyber curricula. For more information, visit www.nicerc.org.