Oh! I missed this one last week! This is very interesting: I’ll have to look into how they “reimagined” the computer science classes. From the AEEE aggregator:
The San Francisco Chronicle (2/18, Brown) reports on an introductory computer science course at UC Berkeley that has more female students than male students. Prof. Dan Garcia said the goal of the introductory course is to expand beyond “just programming,” to make the material “kind of right-brained as well.” The Chronicle reports that Berkeley and other universities have seen an increase in the number of female computer science students. The increase in female computer science students has “coincided with a reimagining of computer science classes,” the article notes.
I think the longitudinal study may be in order to see if this event really makes a difference to gender balance. From the ASEE aggregator:
Newsday (2/23, Ferrette) reported the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury held “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” last week. The goal of the NYIT event was to get more girl interested in engineering. Organizers of the event said it brought the girls “into the college engineering pipeline.” The Stony Brook University, Hofstra University and Farmingdale State College said they see some progress enrolling girls in their engineering programs. Officials at the engineering schools credit “high school science camps and other programs that support young girls.”
Just received an email with this link: Engineering Emergency | Change the Equation.
I am curious where women fit into this equation… Still, this is a concern for our American neighbours and, therefore, a concern for us. Fairness is necessary for all and that should really include equal access to higher levels of mathematics and physics courses in high school. What this page does not tell is whether high schools that did offer those courses were open and accessible for these students — oh, and what is the percentage of white student who attended high schools that did not offer these courses? Continue reading
I am chagrined to see that the uptake of technology programs by women is sporadic, yet I still hope to affect widespread change — which starts with awareness. This article from Education Week (Heitin, Jan 10, 2014) highlights how few US girls signed up for and completed the computer science AP test – complete with a very interesting graphic.
Still news to some, I suppose. From the ASEE aggregator:
US News & World Report (2/6, Neuhauser) reports that, according to an annual report from the National Science Board, minorities and women are still underrepresented in the engineering and science fields. The report said “African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives” made up ten percent of science and engineering workers in 2010, the report said. But, that is only up “from 7 percent in 1993,” according to the report. Women, the report found, are also underrepresented. Females made up less than 30 percent of engineering and science workers.
APEGBC has published a position paper on climate change as it relates to the professional practice of engineering and geoscience. The position paper, developed by APEGBC’s Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG) outlines the association’s position on the changing climate in BC, as well as the implications for practicing professionals. APEGBC members play a key role in providing guidance and advice to decision makers on how to respond to climate change, given their technical expertise and commitment to public safety.
APEGBC’s position statement on climate change is as follows: Continue reading
hmmm…I am curious if this conference results in increased female enrolments in science. From the ASEE aggregator:
The Victorville (CA) Daily Press (1/25, Self) reported hundreds of girls from more than a dozen schools around California participated in the “Celebration of Women in Mathematics and Science” conference on Friday. The girls separated into several workshops on topics including, aeronautical engineering, energy management and robotics.
Part of the issue. There is more we must also do later in education to support these early learners when they finally make their post-secondary decisions. From the ASEE aggregator:
WKYU-FM Bowling Green, KY (1/16, Autry) reports West Kentucky University has received a $150,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to create videos that will expose children to STEM. Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU, said, “The hardest thing about changing the number of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in Kentucky relates to the fact that unless you stimulate interest early and students are really prepared to be successful when they go to college in those areas, then it’s not going to happen.”
From the ASEE aggregator (another potential collaborator?):
The Queens (NY) Chronicle (1/16, McRae) reported Preethi Radhakrishnan, an assistant professor of biology at LaGuardia Community College has been awarded a grant to help develop a program to encourage women to pursue STEM careers. The college has begun an initiative that will include workshops, research internships and scholarships. “The first two years of a college career are considered key predictors of whether students will pursue a major in STEM fields,” Radhakrishnan said. “This grant will increase women entering STEM fields, gaining research experience and in successfully graduating with a STEM degree in hand.”