10 Reasons Why America Needs 10,000 More Girls in Computer Science: Need to change girls’ minds about girls

September 4, 2014 at 8:47 am 3 comments

Nice article from Ruthe Farmer on why we need more girls in CS. The point quoted below is particularly interesting to me, and relates to a recent Blog@CACM post: student perceptions matter. It’s not just the males who need to realize that females are good at math. Girls sometimes take themselves out of the competition.

The idea that girls can’t do math or succeed in science is a silly myth that needs to be put to rest. Girls made up 63 percent of the 2013 Intel ISEF finalists in biochemistry, accounted for 46 percent of all Advanced Placement AP Calculus test-takers in 2013 (See http://ncwit.org/bythenumbers), and contributed 47 percent of the winning projects in the Google Science Fair. But it’s not only boys who need to get the message about girls’ abilities: According to the Atlantic, female test-takers around the world reported feeling “helpless” while doing a math problem, although they scored within striking distance of their male counterparts. In other words, there is an abundance of girls who are good at math and science, but a lack of girls who know it.

via The Shriver Report – 10 Reasons Why America Needs 10,000 More Girls in Computer Science.

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  • 1. Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science  |  September 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Girls (as well as boys) need educational experiences that are both challenging and supportive so that they can develop confidence and resilience. If it’s not challenging, you don’t get to see just how good you really are.

    One of our top computer science students at IMACS is a girl who recently scored a 5 on the APCS exam as a 7th grader. It just so happens that we wrote about her on our blog today at http://www.eimacs.com/blog/2014/09/student-profile-azzara-nincevic-ap-computer-science/.

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  • 2. Peter McHenny  |  October 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It seems to me that companies are tripping over themselves to hire more women in tech, but the truth is most women just don’t like tech as much as men do. Who are you to try to force them? What if people really are different?

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    • 3. Mark Guzdial  |  October 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I just submitted a paper on our study where one of our findings was that our female participants liked computing far more than the men. There is no evidence that women like computing less than men. There is lots of evidence that the men in computing do a lot to drive women away.

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