Do Computer Science Exposure Activities Increase Pursuit of Computer Science Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups?

The Kapor Center for Social Impact Tech Inclusion Research Team presented the findings of a study on the longitudinal results of computer science exposure activities during SMASH in a poster session at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) 2017 Conference held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 2017. Results from the study include: (1) a statistically significant increase …

Broadening Participation in Computer Science: Existing Out-of-School Initiatives and a Case Study

This article, which appeared in the November issue of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) publication Inroads, outlines the types of interventions designed to increase equity in Computer Science (CS). SMASH was highlighted as a case study within the CS equity landscape and its culturally relevant programming and pedagogies summarized. View Report

Enhancing Participation in Computer Science among Girls of Color: An Examination of a Preparatory AP Computer Science Intervention

The Kapor Center for Social Impact research team produced a chapter of an IGI Global book slated for publication in 2017: “Moving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology.” The chapter examines the impact of one 5-week summer computer science program on girls’ of color aspirations and attitudes towards computer science. A second study included in the chapter …

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science

“LPFI, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and colleagues from UC Berkeley and El Camino College presented strategies for engaging underrepresented students of color in Computer Science at the Tapia 2016 Diversity in Computing Conference in Austin, Texas. Strategies discussed included: culturally relevant and responsive teaching methods; creating inclusive and affirming learning environments; encouraging students to choose coding projects which …

Examining the Impact of a Culturally Responsive Out-of-School Computer Science Intervention for Underrepresented High School Students

“This study, funded generously by the National Science Foundation, outlines the impact of short-term, culturally responsive computer science program for underrepresented youth of color. Chief among its findings are that a culturally responsive pedagogical framework in computer science shows promise in increasing access, knowledge, attitudes, and aspirations for underrepresented youth of color.” View Presentation

Engaging Underrepresented Youth in Computer Science

Researchers, staff and computer science instructors from Level Playing Field Institute, the Kapor Center for Social Impact and the Computer Science Division of the University of California, Berkeley held a panel discussion on increasing access to computer science for underrepresented girls and youth of color at the annual conference of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in Grapevine, Texas (July …

Expanding Opportunities in Computer Science Among Girls of Color: An Examination of an AP Preparatory Computer Science Intervention

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Chicago (April 16-20, 2015), examined the efficacy of a computer science preparatory intervention on computer science achievement and aspirations of underrepresented girls of color within LPFI’s SMASH program. View Presentation

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: A Study

LPFI’s research team presented results from a pilot study examining computer science outcomes among students within the SMASH Academy at the Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering conference in Las Vegas, NV July 22-25, 2013. The presentation entitled, “Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: Examining the Effectiveness of a 5-week Computer Science Course in the SMASH Academy,” revealed …