IEEE TryComputing Web site

The IEEE has a new Web site about computing as a career. It is targeted at pre-university students.

    http://www.trycomputing.org/

I like the career discovery page. 

    http://www.trycomputing.org/discover/career-finder

A HUGE list of opportunities for students, including scholarships

    http://trycomputing.org/inspire/computing-student-opportunities

Some good lessons 

   http://www.trycomputing.org/inspire

IEEE Spark

http://spark.ieee.org/

 

IEEE Spark is an online publication intended to inspire students ages 14-18 to learn more about engineering, technology, and computing, and raise excitement about careers in these disciplines. IEEE Spark features articles on technological innovation, university preparation tips, professional career profiles, at-home activities, comics, and more! IEEE Spark is brought to you by IEEE with generous funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee

Facebook Message: Girls, Too, Can Do Computers

From the Seattle Times (03/11/12) Brier Dudley

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2017719779_brier12.html

Facebook is working to draw more women into the information technology industry. “I am quite hopeful that Facebook can do something to turn the tide–that we have enough cultural influence at this point that we can influence the next generation of teenage girls to consider computer science,” says Facebook’s Jocelyn Goldfein, who is working on features such as news feeds and photo and video services. Goldfein says she is an example of what women can achieve in today’s tech industry, being one of about a dozen directors, including two women, who collectively handle engineering for Facebook. “I think the biggest thing you need to do for all girls … is have role models out there,” she says. “Teenage girls are using Facebook, and so I think it’s meaningful for them to hear about women engineers working at Facebook.” Although Goldfein says it could take generations for women to make up 50 percent of computer science majors, it is possible. “Considering that women are 60 percent of undergrad degrees these days, I’m really looking for a 60-40 representation to be proportional,” she says

Confidence boosting activities for females interested in computing

Some young women who are interested in computers and engineering were having confidence issues. I asked a very successful female software engineer if she could offer some advice. Here is her reply.

‘Also, the College of Wooster hosts a cool summer camp called B-WISER (Buckeye Women In Science, Engineering, and Research Institute) every year: http://www3.wooster.edu/bwiser/. Although it sounds like the girls don’t fit the age for this camp, the site might provide other resources for them. And another thing to consider… maybe they could volunteer to help be advisors at the camp?! I can say from personal experience that it has helped build my confidence that women CAN do engineering (perhaps even a bit subconsciously), by helping young women realize this. I was a camp advisor during the summer after my first year in college, and it was a lot of fun! I would highly recommend this experience. Another similar camp is called Women in Science, hosted by BGSU. Our Camp Aerospace team participated by hosting an activity station at this one-day field trip camp in 2010. Again, they don’t fit the age requirement, but perhaps could volunteer to help at the camp? Another good experience. If they want additional information about the WIS camp, they can contact Kelly Cusack (kcusack@bgsu.edu). “