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Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing


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Girls in a computer science class.

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative will use a "range of tailored interventions" and randomized control trials to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Credit: The Engineer

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative, funded by £2.4 million (about US$3.14 million) from the U.K. Department of Education, will use a "range of tailored interventions" and randomized control trials to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

More than 15,000 students at 550 schools across the country will be involved in the trials, which will run through 2022.

Gender Balance in Computing is backed by a consortium including the Raspberry Pi Foundation, STEM Learning, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Behavioral Insights Team, Apps for Good, and WISE.

In addition, the initiative is associated with the National Center for Computing Education, and is part of an overall £84-million (US$110-million) package to improve computing education in the U.K.

Said Helen Wollaston, chief executive of WISE, "It is vital that we show girls the skills required for opportunities in computing now, so they can make well-informed decisions about their future."

From The Engineer (U.K.)
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