Here are some great reads for parents (and even kids) to learn more about the importance of an early education in computer science and getting more girls pursuing STEM fields.
AP Computer Science Exam Takers Increase in Diversity | USA Today
Jun 18, 2017
The Advance Placement Computer Science Exam notes a more than 1000% increase in the amount of female test takers in the last ten years. Minority participation has also increased. The AP association hopes this will mark a higher presence of these groups in upper level CS education.
Celebrating 10 Years of Scratch | MIT News
May 11, 2017
The developers of Scratch at MIT look back on 10 years of successful instructions of young computer science students. This tremendous anniversary was celebrated with a gathering of over 300 scratch developers from the ages of 8 to 16 at the MIT Media center which produced amazing results!
Why Every Kid Should Learn to Love Computer Science | TED-Ed
Feb 9, 2017
Laura McClure of the Viral TED Talks Education Community, speaks on the benefits of learning computer science at an early age from a developmental and formative standpoint. Complete with references to the Lego Movie and a corresponding TED Talk on the matter, this article is as informative and entertaining for parents as it is for perspective students.
Teach Your Kid to Code | Huffington Post
Jan 19, 2017
Ken Mazaika, CTO of The Firehose Project, speaks on the many ways that you can help foster your child’s love of coding. This article speaks the the techniques that parents can use to help reinforce the many skills learned at camp.
Middle School Is the Key to Girls’ Coding Interest | US News
Oct 20, 2016
Despite an increase in the number of coding jobs available, the gender gap in the industry increases. A recent study has shown that the key age demographic to inspire girls to pursue computer science lies in the formative years of middle school. This article explains why!
Women Break Barriers in Engineering and Computer Science | Washington Post
Sep 16, 2016
A collection of summaries and statistics of the progress that women have made in computer science and engineering fields as a whole. The accomplishment of particularly influential women in engineering are also highlighted in this article
The Future Starts Now | Huffington Post
Jun 17, 2015
Kathy Kemper, founder and CEO of the Institute for Education, discusses the camp’s impact in a Huffington Post blog piece. She highlights the importance of learning computer science skills at an early age and praises the camp for providing educational opportunities for children who are financially disadvantaged.
7 Reasons Young Women Shouldn’t Be Deterred From Science and Engineering Careers | Huffington Post
Oct 12, 2015
Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, lists a few of the reasons why young women shouldn’t be deterred from careers in science and engineering. He features several female engineers who are working on projects with significant social and technological potential.
Coding Like a Girl | Institute for Education
Jun 14, 2015
The USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science is offering an all girl coding camp to expose girls to engineering concepts and help them break out of labels and stereotypes that often lead them into humanities fields while their male counterparts pursue engineering.
IFE offers free coding camp for girls at USC | Institute for Education
Nov 7, 2015
University of Southern California, in partnership with the Institute for Education, is proud to offer two free summer camps to K-12th graders. These camps will introduce the kids to computer science and help them to better understand the technology that has become so prevalent in our lives.
The top tech priority of 2015: Two X chromosomes | Tech Republic
Jan 22, 2015
This TechRepublic article from 2015 reports that the top priority for the year should be to make equal opportunities for women in technology careers. It explains why we need to do something about the fact that women in tech are declining at the same time that women in the the professional workforce are increasing.
America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school | Quartz
May 14, 2015
Quartz Magazine takes a look at why computer science isn’t as prevalent as it should be in secondary education, and what can be done to improve it through early exposure and more funding.
Computer science stereotypes are getting worse, not better | Quartz
Mar 9, 2015
Professor Mary Anne Egan from Siena College examines how Computer Science programs and professionals need to take action to combat negative stereotypes regarding women in CS.
Silicon Valley struggles to hack its diversity problem | Washington Post
Jul 16, 2015
Minorities are significantly underrepresented in the tech industry. Companies have been resistant to acknowledging this fact, refusing to publicize their diversity data, until 2014. More companies are now creating programs and initiatives to combat this problem.
Why It’s Crucial to Get More Women Into Science | National Geographic
Nov 8, 2014
A National Geographic article analyzes the trends of women in STEM fields and the existing bias that affects everything from everyday life to the outcome of research studies.
Women in STEM | White House
The Office of Science and Technology Policy reports on the Obama Administration’s dedication to increase the amount of women in STEM careers. They provide provide numerous resources for Women in STEM- from news articles, mentoring opportunities, to videos of important events.
Solving for XX | CNET Magazine
CNET, a leading online technology publication, has an on-going series of articles about women in tech, and what people are doing to resolve the disparities between women and men in that industry.