Friday, December 12, 2014
Just App it!
One big thing I've been working on this year is to try to get more middle school girls interested in STEM. The representation of women in STEM fields and, in the field of computer science in particular, have been well publicized. Even locally here in the state of Arizona at our large public state university, Arizona State University, less than 20% percent of the engineering majors are female. Organizations such as NCWIT and Girls who Code are working to increase the 12% representation of women in the field of computer programming. Here in my district, I have had my middle school girls working with high school and college girls via telepresence to create apps using App Inventor and to learn some basics of html and Python. It has been an empowering experience for them and they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of creating using code. Perhaps just as important as the app inventing and coding my students have learned, if not more important, is the invaluable experience they have had of being mentored by girls who are into computer science and its applications. Here is a video from the app inventing middle school girls group where they share the highlights of their experience.