Girls Can Code - It is Never Too Early to Start the Conversation

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Anita R. Wood, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology

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As a professor in a STEM career path, programming, I frequently ask my female student “How did you become interested in this career?” The answer seems to center on one fact – “My parents exposed me to computers when I was younger. As I became more and more interested they helped me understand there was a career in this.” This early introduction to computer helps my female students overcome another observation I had made – girls feel like boys have been ‘engineering’ or ‘coding’ for a long time. The stereotypical comment “Boys play with Legos and robots, and girls play with dolls and tea sets,” this seems to support this observation. So, how do we address the lack of females entering into STEM careers? I propose we start at home. This webinar addresses some of the obstacles we must overcome with regards to leveling the playing field between girls entering STEM and boys. About the Presenter: Anita R. Wood is an Assistant Professor for Computer Information Technology at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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