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Energizing Young Women’s Interest and Abilities in STEM: Lessons Learned from a Middle School App Development Class
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, , , Bowling Green State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Savannah, GA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The demand for competent and creative computer scientists, as well as other experts in the STEM fields, is constant and growing. (Jackson & Winfield, 2014; Kadleck, 2015) The United States, and other nations, faces a growing concern that a shortage of these professionals will inhibit the ability of society to flourish in upcoming decades (Morris, 2014; Xu, 2015). The percentage of women in STEM professions has traditionally been small. This paper describes the implementation of an app development curriculum in a middle school girls summer camp program, focused on STEM careers (Beer, Simmons & Safari, 2015; Gardner & Davis, 2013; Lewis, 2014). Data collected via pre and post surveys, as well as the artifacts constructed (apps) by these young women, demonstrate that such activities increase awareness of opportunities in the STEM areas, empower young women to succeed in computer science, and provide creative and energetic outlets for girls to demonstrate their competence in STEM fields.

Citation

Banister, S., Reinhart, R. & Ross, C. (2016). Energizing Young Women’s Interest and Abilities in STEM: Lessons Learned from a Middle School App Development Class. In G. Chamblee & L. Langub (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1807-1816). Savannah, GA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 27, 2021 from .

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