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Can You Draw a Computer Scientist?

Did you know that stereotypes in CS detract females and students from underrepresented groups from pursuing CS and may also affect male students who do not fit this stereotype. The research paper Assessing Children's Understanding of the Work of Computer Scientists: Drawing a Computer Science is an oldie but goodie. I remember attending a professional learning session and we were asked to draw our representation of what we thought a computer scientist looked like. I had no idea what the activity was about and then the study was shared with us. I went on to do this activity with numerous students. Their drawings matched the research!

How can we change the mindset of our young CS students?

 

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