Academic exposure to computer science, encouragement to study computer science, and connecting personal interests to computing areas influence women to pursue degrees in computer science. Guided by these recommendations, we designed and offered a summer learning experience for girls in grades 7--9 in summer 2016. The goal of the program was to improve girls' perceptions of learning computer science through academic exposure in the informal setting of a girls-only summer camp. In this paper we present a study of the girls' perceptions of CS learning. Four constructs were used to develop pre- and post-survey items: computing confidence, intent to persist, social supports, and computing outcomes expectations. The camp appeared to have positively influenced the girls on two of the four constructs, by improving computing confidence and positive perceptions of computing careers.
Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
Mihaela Sabin, Rosabel Deloge, Adrienne Smith, and Wendy DuBow, Summer learning experience for girls in grades 7–9 boosts con.dence and interest in computing careers, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 32 (2017), no. 6, 79–87.
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