Girls-only computer class hits refresh on IT’s geeky-male image – The Globe and Mail
I loved this story about the professional women in Computing reaching out when they hear about the all-girls CS class. Not clear that that always works. I’ve heard that studies of outreach efforts find that sending a real scientist into the classroom often scares the kids away from science. But in this example, it’s about changing stereotypes, about convincing the students that people who look like them work in this field.
When female engineers working at Cisco’s Toronto offices heard about Cardinal Leger’s all-girls program at the nearby Dufferin-Peel Catholic District school board, they invited the students for a visit.
“I think a lot of women don’t go into this field because they’re afraid of being the only girl,” said Hena Prasanna, a Cisco manager who met with the Cardinal Leger girls. “When we asked the girls who worked in the tech industry, they said chubby guys with glasses. That’s the impression they had and we wanted to change that.”