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Author Matias, Yossi ♦ Hazzan, Orit ♦ Eidelman, Larisa ♦ Lapidot, Tami ♦ Raijman, Daniela ♦ Segalov, Michal
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Israel ♦ Achievement-related choices ♦ Computer science education ♦ Gender culture ♦ High school
Abstract This paper presents the "Mind the Gap" initiative that aims to encourage female high school pupils to study computer science (CS) in high school. This is achieved by increasing their awareness to what CS is, and exposing them to the essence of a hi-tech environment and to same gender role models. Female software engineers at Google's Israel R&D Center in collaboration with the Israeli National Center undertook the initiative for computer science teachers. We describe the initiative and its impact on the female pupils' interest in CS. One of our conclusions is that even a short visit to a hi-tech company, in this case - Google, has the potential to change pupils' perception of what CS is and to increase their interest in CS and their desire to study it. One could easily adapt this initiative to other companies and scale it to infl uence a rather large population.
Description Affiliation: Israel R&D Center, Google, Tel Aviv, Israel (Matias, Yossi; Raijman, Daniela; Segalov, Michal) || Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel (Eidelman, Larisa; Hazzan, Orit; Lapidot, Tami)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2013-12-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Inroads
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 3
Page Count 7
Starting Page 64
Ending Page 70

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Source: ACM Digital Library