Scigirls code: Computational participation and computer science with middle school girls

Cassandra Scharber, Lana Peterson, Yu Hui Chang, Sarah Barksdale, Ramya Sivaraj, Angelina Constantine, Jennifer Englund

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Abstract

SciGirls Code is a project comprised of 16 STEM outreach programs that provided 160+ middle school girls with computational thinking (CT) and coding skills between September 2017-June 2018. The research study investigates the ways in which these learning experiences impact girls’ development of CT; interest and attitudes toward computer science; and their understandings of how participation in creation with technology impacts themselves and the world around them. Utilizing a qualitative multi-site case study design, the study found that a connected learning approach boosted the development of girls’ CT skills, positively impacted attitudes towards computing pathways/careers, and increased understandings of computational participation. In addition, the educational experiences happening throughout the SciGirls Code program exemplifies the 4E learning model. Implications include how technology can be leveraged towards creating an inherently collaborative setting, acknowledging social, emotional, cultural, technological, and cognitive intersections in learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467248
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/17/196/21/19

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Scharber, C., Peterson, L., Chang, Y. H., Barksdale, S., Sivaraj, R., Constantine, A., & Englund, J. (2019). Scigirls code: Computational participation and computer science with middle school girls. In K. Lund, G. P. Niccolai, E. Lavoue, C. Hmelo-Silver, G. Gweon, & M. Baker (Eds.), A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 2). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).