Build IT: Scaling and Sustaining an Afterschool Computer Science Program for Girls

October 1st, 2012 | RESEARCH

This paper outlines the need for sustainable, scalable afterschool computer science programs targeting girls and describes the development of one such curriculum. Evaluation research on girls’ learning of computer science and on the capacity of afterschool staff and organizations to provide computer science programming leads to our description of a research-based approach to sustaining and scaling the program nationally—an approach that other programs might use to expand their reach and impact.


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Team Members

Melissa Koch, Author, SRI International
Torie Gorges, Author, SRI International
Bill Penuel, Author, University of Colorado, Boulder


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: 16
Page(s): 58

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Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Computing and information science | Education and learning science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs