Some Steps Forward

So, while most women in the dig­i­tal games indus­try (and more widely in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy fields) agree that women and girls need to be exposed to STEM early, encour­aged as much as boys, and taught to show con­fi­dence in their abil­i­ties, there need to be some con­crete pro­grams that put all of this talk […]

How early should children start using computers?

It’s no sur­prise. They should start as early as pos­si­ble. MIT’s Life­long Kinder­garten Group (the maker of Scratch) has part­nered with DevTech Research Group to make Scratch Jr., a pro­gram aimed to teach kids from preschool to Grade 2 how to cre­ate their own sto­ries and games using dig­i­tal media. Mitch Resnick, direc­tor of the Lifelong […]

Another voice promoting STEM to students, especially women

This arti­cle from the Boston Globe fea­tures an inter­view with Jen­nifer Chayes, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Microsoft Research New Eng­land. Recently Chayes spoke at a con­fer­ence aimed at strength­en­ing STEM in Mass­a­chu­setts. Chayes said that com­puter sci­en­tists cre­ate bet­ter work when they col­lab­o­rate with indi­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent fields, and so part of their strat­egy is […]

Some interesting websites…

Get­ting girls into STEM edu­ca­tion starts here. And who says women are under rep­re­sented in games studies?

Study: Minorities, women often discouraged from entering engineering, science fields

From The State Jour­nal, “West Virginia’s Only Busi­ness News­pa­per” comes another arti­cle about women (and minori­ties) who study STEM. Cathy Bonnstet­ter wrote: An online poll of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math, or STEM, depart­ment chairs at America’s top 200 research insti­tu­tions […] showed that 40 per­cent of minor­ity and female chemists and engi­neers polled said they were […]

NCWIT Trying To Increase Number of Women in Technology Field

This arti­cle from the Tech­nol­ogy sec­tion of Forbes describes the National Cen­ter for Women & Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (NCWIT) pro­gram “Pace­set­ters” that has part­nered with edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions and busi­nesses to recruit and retain women in the field of IT.Apparently it is work­ing. Author Tim Sohn wrote: “Higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions and busi­nesses are already report­ing results: The University […]

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