Minnesota Elementary School Program Introduces Girls to Coding



By Gretchen Zampogna, Plymouth Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 6.24.49 PM“The share of women in the United States computing industry is less than 25 percent and shrinking. But Plymouth resident Kris Haagenson, a technology integration specialist for Robbinsdale Area Schools, is doing her part to counteract that trend.

Last year, Haagenson attended a Code.org training focused on getting girls into computer science. The training got her excited about introducing girls to coding — but “time is your enemy” in schools, Haagenson says. So she had a brainstorm: use recess time.”

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  • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

    “time is your enemy” in schools…Haagenson figured many kids would jump at the chance to stay inside for a
    few recesses during cold winter weather. She was right, and a new program for fifth-grade girls was created for students at eight elementary schools, including Zachary Lane Elementary, with a total of about 200 participants.”