Thursday November 13, 2014

New Intel Report Finds 'Making' Can Engage Girls in Computer Science and Engineering

A new global report produced by Intel Corporation indicates that girls and women involved with "making," designing and creating things with electronic tools, may build stronger interest and skills in computer science and engineering آ– which could potentially reduce the growing gender gap in these fields. With 16 million makers in the United States alone, the maker movement آ– a wave of tech-inspired, do-it-yourself innovation آ– is extensive and rapidly expanding. Unfortunately, so is the gender gap in computer science and engineering graduates. Intel's report, "MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing," explores how maker activities can serve as a gateway to computer science and engineering for girls and women, and it identifies ways to better engage girls and women in making in order to increase female representation in these fields.