Sara Ford - What can we do to introduce more women into computer science?

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    Ti-99 Rules! (Sorry, couldn't resist)

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    I'm very impressed with the interviews with Sara. I wish more women out there would get involved in Computer Science and software. Very cool. Keep up the good work. I hope my (future...god willing) daughter will think coding is cool.

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    Hey, the TI-99/4A was also the first programmable thing I got my hands on that wasn't called a calculator. I got no software with it, so I was trown in at the deep end and had to write my own games.
    Loved it! The TI Basic manual was great!
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    One of the things I had observed happening at a local Technical College here in RI, was a general inability of the folks in front of the room to be able to convey level of excitement for the very beginnings of CS subject matter onto the students.

    AT the beginning of these processes the room was about 60% male and 40% female. Now as time goes on the female population drops to its anemic 10% or so that mirrors the national average. Now why the males stick around in this poor environment and the females leave for greener pastures may be the same thing that seems to keep the guys from asking for directions when lost.


    Now this is not to say that all technical schools and universities are plagued with the same afflictions that I observed, but I wonder how many of those woman who decided that ‘This is for the birds’ would have stayed if some excitement had been available for them to latch onto.


    Incidentally I was there for the paper; I was already in my current position having been self taught through the years.
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    I've written a blog entry going into more detail about growing up with computers at an early age to my current thoughts on Women in Computer Science.
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    Sit them on the stairs and send them out for the drinks at break time?

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    (DevReach 2009 earlier today)


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