Georgia State succeeding with women and robots

July 14, 2010 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Stefanie Markham and Kim King had an ITICSE 2010 paper on Using personal robots in CS1 that speaks to their experience using the IPRE approach.  The robot did add an additional complication, as it has for most schools, but they also found that students spent extra time on assignments just because they were fun — an outcome that we see regularly in all the contextualized computing approaches, from Media Computation through Engineering problem-solving (where we have found that students start using MATLAB to visualize their multivariate calculus, unprompted.  It solves a problem for them).

Stefanie is also one of the leaders of the Grace Hopper 2010 conference to be held here in Atlanta, and she’s interviewed at the Georgia State website about her efforts to draw women into computing.

“It is so critical now that more women enter the field,” Markham said. “Technology is everywhere. We’d like to help more women realize their natural aptitude for computing and as they do so, it will change the face of technology.”

via Getting Women Into Computing — Georgia State University.

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