Computer science is a hot field, but one that still remains largely white and male. 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 and Latino youth in exploring computer science as a possible career path. EDC will evaluate the success of the Google Code Next program in Oakland, California, and Harlem, New York, providing information that will inform 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 afterschool and weekend sessions
- Conducting frequent interviews with youth participants, their parents, and Code Next coaches and staff about their experiences in the program
- Developing a longitudinal survey study to track the participants’ confidence in coding and their interest in computer science careers