COMPUGIRLS Fall Camp (ASUF 30005810)

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COMPUGIRLS Fall Camp (ASUF 30005810) COMPUGIRLS Fall Camp Project Description: 2000 characters As a project-based multimedia program for adolescent (ages 13-18) girls from high needs areas, COMPUGIRLS ( offers a series of summer and/or vacation camps. Since 2007, the program has hosted over 200 girls. Presently, we have sites in Denver, CO; Whiteriver Apache Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, and Downtown Phoenix. For the last site, COMPUGIRLS participants travel to either one of Arizona State Universitys campuses or for those girls from a nearby Indigenous community, use either a local middle school or Boys and Girls Clubhouse for class sessions. Participating girls need not possess any technological skills, maintain a high grade point average, or even be enrolled in high school. Rather, the girls represent diverse educational and social backgrounds ranging from teen mothers, high school push-outs, and/or technologically savvy, to having never interacted with a computer. We admit on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once admitted, girls work in both groups and individually navigating threecourses in which they identify a social/community issue to research. The various programs (i.e. iLife/MovieMaker, SCRATCH, and Joykadia) and loaned hardware (e.g. cameras, camcorders, laptops, microphones) become manipulative tools for the girls to display both their results and present their scholastic journey. With topics ranging from the negative effects of gentrification on urban areas, consequence of early motherhood, and alcoholism in Indigenous Communities, girls work in small groups facilitated by trained mentor teachers. The curriculum requires girls to create a digital product (e.g. videodcumentary, game, virtual world) using various programs and a research paper including a clearly articulated research question, peer-reviewed references, primary data (e.g. interview, focus groups, surveys), analysis and implications of their findings. Girls gain access to ASUs databases to accomplish their work. Description of Need: For some time, the underrepresentation of race-ethnic (African American, Hispanic, and Native American) groups entering STEM fields has been a point of concern 1 2. Particularly for the fastest growing of the STEM fields--that is, technology--much attention has been paid to addressing this issue. While defining the under-representation is necessary, implementing evidence-based models that consider the complexity of the groups poorly represented in the technology workforce is equally crucial. Despite the growing number of students of color entering our K-12 public schools, African American, Native American, and Hispanic youngsters enter technology-related careers in far fewer numbers than their White counterparts 1 2 4. Intersect social class and gender, and the results are even grimmer. In 2005 only 5% of BS degrees were awarded to African American women; 2% to Hispanic women; and 17% to Native American females 5 6. In 2009, only 8% of computing occupations were held by women of color 7.Women of color remain an untapped resource for widening the STEM pipeline, in general, and technology pathways, in particular.
Effective start/end date9/1/134/30/14


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