It’s (no longer) a remote chance for girls in IT

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Conference publication

Publication details

Mason, R, Cooper, G & Comber, T 2011, 'It's (no longer) a remote chance for girls in IT', in CM Klinger & N Murray (eds), Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education, Adelaide, SA, 5-7 December, pp. 310-21.ISBN:1876346639


This paper reports on an IT Girls Day Outreach program initiative to girls from Year 6 to Year 11 in a remote NSW school. The program involved three days of activities based around image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and programming with both Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, and the Alice 3D programming environment, and information about IT careers, all conducted by female-only presenters. Students had positive shifts in their confidence in programming; increased their knowledge of IT career options, and reported raised aspirations to pursue a career in IT. This demonstrates that outreach programs can be delivered to a remote community, with positive outcomes of raising knowledge, confidence and aspirations in students.