Approximately 16 million students are attending high school in the U.S., 1/5 of them will become graduating seniors. This means that 3.2 million new students have the opportunity to become computer science majors. Unfortunately, just 3%, a tiny fraction of a number will choose computer science. This 3% of students will have the composition of five males for every one female; unless we do something to change it. There is a strong push by organizations across the world to get more girls interested in computing, as part of our Dream Big campaign, we have developed two new projects to get girls excited about computing.
In this talk, I will present two projects we developed specifically for girls: a middle school computing toolkit, and a high school CS Principles & Games course. We built these toolkits in Office Mix, allowing us to add in screen recordings, quizzes, and other interactive content. The MS toolkit features projects like Kodu, Touch Develop, and Small Basic. Our HS course covers topics like privacy, big data, and social impacts all within a games focus. CS Principles is a new AP course being piloted across the country and by making it more accessible to students we can help increase diversity in computing.