Lessons learned from hosting an Hour of Code event

Ugochi Acholonu, Jessa Dickinson, Dominic Amato, Nichole Pinkard

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe our process for designing the DePaul Hour of Code event, a free, annual event hosted at DePaul University. The four-day event was designed to 1) engage underrepresented youth in computing activities, 2) identify unseen barriers to participation, and 3) explore ways to reduce structural barriers to participation. We share our design process, lessons learned, and recommendations for designing accessible informal computing events for youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016 - Co-located with the STARS Celebration Annual Conference of STARSComputingCorps.org
EditorsJamie Payton, Adrienne Decker, George K. Thiruvathukal, Tiffany Barnes, Kurt Eiselt
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509034192
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 27 2017
Event2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2016Aug 13 2016

Publication series

Name2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016 - Co-located with the STARS Celebration Annual Conference of STARSComputingCorps.org

Other

Other2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period8/11/168/13/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Acholonu, U., Dickinson, J., Amato, D., & Pinkard, N. (2017). Lessons learned from hosting an Hour of Code event. In J. Payton, A. Decker, G. K. Thiruvathukal, T. Barnes, & K. Eiselt (Eds.), 2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016 - Co-located with the STARS Celebration Annual Conference of STARSComputingCorps.org [7836174] (2016 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2016 and 2nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Computer Society's Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation, STCBP 2016 - Co-located with the STARS Celebration Annual Conference of STARSComputingCorps.org). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/RESPECT.2016.7836174