Let’s start with a math problem. There were 158 graduates of computer science from four-year institutions in West Virginia in 2015. Of those 158, 11 percent were women. Rounded to a whole number, how many female students of computer science graduated in 2015? 17. In 1984, 37 percent of computer science majors were women. In an era when innovation is propelling education forward, why are women going backward? The gender gap in computer science and related fields is real, relevant, and needs to be addressed at its core: K-12 education. Amber Ravenscroft will share her expertise and best practices on integrating female-focused STEM activities into your classroom. With a focus on addressing stereotype threat and imposter syndrome to ensure equal access and confidence to seek computer science education for all students, attendees will engage in interactive activities adapted from a female-focused curriculum and develop action plans to shatter the status quo on girls in STEM.
Amber Ravenscroft is the Manager of Innovation for The EdVenture Group, where she manages Google-RISE funded program, CS EdVenture. Her expertise has led to professional development workshops focused on technology integration throughout Appalachia, and she was featured in the 2015 CreateWV Conference as an expert on AR/VR integration in the K-12 classroom.