Educate Maine: Decreasing Financial Barriers and Increasing Students’ Access to Coding
At CSEdResearch.org we find great value in raising up the voices of our partners who are doing great things in the computer science community. One of those partners is Educate Maine.
They were able to provide these camps for free, decreasing financial barriers and increasing access for all students. The girls who participated were able to engage with industry professionals, learn from experienced teachers, and make memories to last a lifetime.
What was our role in this amazing experience? External evaluators. As part of this work, Educate Maine is continuing to reflect and improve their practices through evaluations. The evaluations focused on student and teacher experiences during the week long camps all over the state. Most of the girls who participated in Project>Login’s Girls Who Code camps do not have coding at their school or a Girls Who Code after school program, therefore this summer experience is truly increasing their knowledge of what it means to be a “coder” and, more widely, a “computer scientist”