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Computer Engineer Barbie: How Interaction Design can entice a new generation of women
 

Computer Engineer Barbie: How Interaction Design can entice a new generation of women

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Presented at Interaction '11 (#ixd11) on Sat Feb 12 in Session 4B. ...

Presented at Interaction '11 (#ixd11) on Sat Feb 12 in Session 4B.

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Why is it that computer science curriculums in the United States have such a hard time attracting and keeping prospective female students? Many university computer science curriculums focus on the theoretical rather than the practical applications of the science. Many of the women I've encountered are looking for something more hands-on, with more direct social benefit. Interaction Design as a field hits the right balance of technology, social benefit, and creativity — but our chosen career is still relatively unknown outside the walls of this convention! This session will discuss trends in computing education, and suggest outreach activities to get the word out and spark the imaginations of the next generation of career women (and men).

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  • LOVE this presentation! On a side note, my husband's grandmother was a 'computer' for NASA back in the 60s.
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  • ps: http://coitweb.uncc.edu/~tbarnes2/
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  • This is a great (and needed!) presentation!

    Cheryl, do you know Tiffany Barnes at UNC-Charlotte? She's a (female) CS professor who does some cool things to attract girls to the CS field. If you haven't met, I'd love to make the introduction... :)
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  • I missed this presentation at Ixd11. Glad to see the slides. Great argument and call to action!
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    Computer Engineer Barbie: How Interaction Design can entice a new generation of women Computer Engineer Barbie: How Interaction Design can entice a new generation of women Presentation Transcript

    • Computer Engineer Barbie:
    • Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 2
    • Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 3
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    • Barbie’s 126th career: Computer Engineer. 10
    • Barbie’s 126th career: Computer Engineer. 11
    • Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 12
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    • In closing…Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 32
    • We’ve come a long way…Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 33
    • Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 34
    • …but our work has just begun.Cheryl Platz 35
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    • References & Additional Reading      Cheryl Platz Interaction ’11 – Boulder, CO 37