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Girls Build Excitement for Math from Scratch


Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Volume 20, Number 7, ISSN 1072-0839


By 2020, five of the top ten in-demand jobs in the United States will be in information technology (Moeller 2012). Companies across the nation are seeking a new type of employee: one who is computer savvy and who is familiar with computer coding, data, mathematics, and augmented reality (Leber 2013). Recent reports indicate that, although students are initially interested in jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, positive attitudes toward mathematics drastically decline between seventh grade and tenth grade, and interest in careers involving mathematics decrease as well (University of Idaho 2013). Findings indicate that girls' attitudes diminished at a far more substantial rate than that of boys, highlighting the need to focus on girls and STEM disciplines (University of Idaho 2013). As a result, the authors designed and implemented a computer-coding unit, specifically for girls in grades 6-8, focused on increasing their technological and mathematical understanding. This article describes their approach and provides directions for integrating technology with mathematics as students learn to create virtual games and programs. A bibliography is included.


Amador, J.M. & Soule, T. (2015). Girls Build Excitement for Math from Scratch. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 20(7), 408-415. Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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