April 26, 2007, 6-9pm
166 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
Please RSVP: here's a link to the Evite.
6:30 Research, Success Stories, and Best Practices
- Pamela Mack, Clemson University professor and CA Alum
- Discussing approaches to thinking about girls and computing
- Barbara Bratzel, Shady Hill School, Cambridge
- Discussing her Physics by Design course, which teaches programming
- Karen McKenzie, Miss Porters School, Connecticut
- Discussing how she has taught Java to girls
- Laurie Heinricher, Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh
- Discussing Alice in Programming Land, via phone, with live demo
7:20 Two or three short films about girls in tech:
- You Can Be Anything: Medium (10mb mp4)
7:30 Open discussion. Possible themes:
- Sharing more success stories and best practices
- Reshaping our curricula to make them more "girl-friendly"
- Educating girls about careers in technology
- Encouraging more women to teach advanced computing classes
- Discussing the experiences of girls from childhood to adulthood
8:15 Q&A for two techie girls at CA
- Joy, Class of 2008
- Mary, Class of 2008
8:30 Next steps discussion over dessert
Supplemental Info Edit
Pamela Mack Edit
I'm a historian of technology with an interest in the history of women in science and technology. I wrote an article on the impact of feminism on engineering in Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine. I'm a history professor at Clemson University and run a program on Science and Technology in Society. For my personal history with computers see Pre-microcomputer
Barbara Bratzel Edit
Karen McKenzie Edit
- Computer Science Anyone? A brief summary of computer science at Miss Porter's School.
Laurie Heinricher Edit
- What is Alice In Programming Land? From alice.org, where you'll find documentation, forums, and free download.
- "Girls Ask Alice for Programming Skills" EdWeek, March 19, 2007.
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