Although computer science (CS) has grown to be increasingly relevant in society, the field has remained largely as White male as it was 40 years ago. How can we ensure that the next generation of computer scientists and technology innovators better reflects the diversity of the United States?
Through the Google Code Next Evaluation, EDC is supporting Google’s efforts to engage African American, Latinx, and Indigenous youth in exploring computer science as a potential career path. EDC is evaluating the success of the Google Code Next program in Oakland, California; New York City; and Detroit, Michigan; providing information that is informing the continued expansion of Code Next into communities and schools across the country.
As part of the Google Code Next Evaluation, EDC staff are undertaking the following activities:
- Observing Code Next after-school and weekend sessions
- Conducting frequent interviews with youth participants, their parents, and Code Next coaches and staff about their experiences in the program
Conducting an annual survey to track the participants’ confidence in coding, their interest in computer science careers, and their sense of belonging to the broader CS community
Developing a program framework to guide youth-serving, community-based programs, school administrators, and educators as they implement after-school CS experiences that explicitly emphasize student social capital