New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Minorities in Engineering
For two weeks in June 2015, the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and English departments at a large public research institution hosted nearly 80 high school and middle school students at residential computing camps. The first week, the departments worked with middle and high school boys, and the second week, with middle and high school girls. The camps were offered at no cost to all accepted participants. Primary support came from the NSF and NSA’s jointly funded GenCyber program, and secondary support included a private donor, a corporate foundation, and the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT).
Over the course of the 4-night (middle school) and 5-night (high school) programs, campers were invited to participate in voluntary survey and interview research. This paper analyzes a small portion of the data from 65 participants in order to better understand (1) participants’ motivations for applying to a residential computing camp, (2) participants’ access to technological tools and education prior to the camp, and (3) participants’ desired access to computing education at the end of the camp. Such knowledge is integral to the increasing amount of computer science education initiatives across the nation, such as President Obama’s recently announced Computer Science For All initiative.1
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