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UCSC students design video game aimed at making astrophysics fun

Kate Compton and April Grow, both students at UCSC’s Center for Games and Playable Media, hope players will feel like they’re “farming” in space as they cultivate star gardens. In doing so, gamers will also learn about nucleosynthesis, the process by which stars forge atoms into the elements that make up the periodic table. But Stellar, which will be soon be available on Google’s Chrome Store, is first and foremost a game — and its programmers hope the approach will help spark children’s interest in science.

[ via San Jose Mercury News ]

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Advocates set goal to educate 10,000 about tech opportunities for women

Allyn said they hope to accomplish this “evangelism program” by spreading career information, tips and other resources through the community’s website, in-person events and social media pages–including Facebook and Twitter–as well as webinars. They are targeting not just women in tech, but also IT professionals who can hire and promote women in IT careers.

[ via Fierce CIO ]

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Coding for women: could I learn to program in a day?

Only 17% of the UK’s tech jobs are held by women, and in engineering, it’s even worse: just 8%, according to the ONS. Yet girls drop out of computer science well before they leave school. One study found that 83% of girls come out of school having learned no computer coding (compared with 67% of boys). Just 7% of all computer studies A-levels are taken by girls.

[ via The Guardian ]

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20 must-attend tech conferences for female entrepreneurs in 2014

Earlier this month, I asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council about the top events for founders in 2014. But we thought we’d dive a little deeper and get opinions from our female members. We asked 20 women of YEC the following question: What is one must-attend conference or event you’re looking forward to in 2014, and why?

[ via The Next Web ]

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How Mentoring May Be the Key to Solving Tech’s Women Problem

One of the difficulties with keeping women in technology is that there are few female mentors for them to look to. Why is that? Well, the numbers will tell you. Only eight percent of CIOs in the U.S. are women, according to the latest Harvey Nash survey. Without women to look to at the top, many women in STEM fields get discouraged and leave the workforce. However, one group is changing that.

[ via The Huffington Post ]