Sorry, I realized I sent this as an email and really wanted to just start a discussion. Novice mistake :)
I'm a middle school robotics teacher and noticed that in the 2 years I've been teaching this class, it is REALLY hard to retain female participants.
Has anyone done any studies or work on gender difference and how to get female students involved in technology?
As a female in tech, I keep asking what would make me choose this class and then build from there. I would love to enroll more females and maintain their interest in the curriculum. In the past 2 years, I've tried to focus more on the community aspects and interpersonal side of the class, but it's tough getting the girls signed up. I've read a lot about the difference in how males and females learn and am trying to keep that in mind while writing the curriculum. BUT, I need the girls to want to sign up for the class in the first place.
I am curious as to what others think and know about eliminating some gender biases during middle school. Any ideas?