Informal technology training outside of the classroom can lead to higher baseline skills within the classroom.
In 2007, high school girls at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, California studied circuitry, bridge building, soldering, toy design, green design and robotics through Techbridge’s science, technology and engineering outreach program. Among the resources used to teach the girls were PicoCricket Kits, which mixes robotics and programming with creativity in design. Read about the program’s positive effects on the girls’ self-confidence and interest in computer programming.
Alice v2.0 is free educational software. Its inviting interface and support of storytelling makes computer programming easier to learn and more fun for girls and women.
"Alice v2.0, Learn to Program Interactive 3D Graphics," Carnegie Mellon University.