Caitlin Duncan, postgrad computer science student at Canterbury, PHD 2014
Liked Science, Maths and Art. Wanted to combine. Went to do Engineering at Canterbury, programming paper part of course, wouldn’t have found CS otherwise. Changed to CS degree.
Really scared of asking questions, didn’t feel that fitted in, loved some parts but not like a “hacker”, didn’t absolutely love programming. Moved on to PostGrad, wanted to prove that could do it.
Started Computer Chicks club – cool!!! Empowering for the women in the course. This is way the high school curriculum is so important, need to show that it is for everyone, the stereotype for CS people is not true, need diversity, need well rounded people, expose students to it.
Acushla-Tara Sutton – student story from Victoria University
Computer Science Club
Caitlin has started girls’ only club with another student. http://computerscienceclub.org/
Think I’m going to try and start one at Wellington Girls’ College – http://computerscienceclub.org/start-a-club/
Somehow get students from Thorndon School involved in the club as well – girls and boys.
Computer Science Unplugged – http://csunplugged.org/
“CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.”