Friday, December 10, 2010

Got Game: How to Keep Girls Interested in Computer Science

Got Game: How to Keep Girls Interested in Computer Science
By Suzie Boss 12/9/10

"When the regular school day ends at Maryland's Springbrook High School, the fun begins in earnest for girls who are part of an after-school club that focuses on game programming. They not only excel at technology challenges, says their teacher, Pat Yongpradit, but they are breaking a longstanding -- and worrisome -- trend in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Instead of avoiding higher-level classes in computer science, these girls are signing up in droves."

This is a great program that more schools should be implementing. Getting girls involved in STEM is, in my view, a critical need. Recent studies have shown that girls are not inherently inferior to boys when it comes to the "hard sciences." They may, in fact, be inherently better. The biggest impediment for girls are the social biases most cultures have. Even now, ten years into the 21st century, in the US, there is still a cultural bias that penalizes smart girls. It is getting better, slowly. To slowly, in my opinion. Luckily, there are a number of places on the web where girls can find like minded peers. . .
These sites aren't just for girls, though.  Anyone who likes anything related to techieness[1] will find all kinds of fun and interesting things there, regardless of gender.

[1] Yes, I made that up

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