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