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Help Your Daughter Explore Computing

There are many ways you can help your daughter discover whether computing is right for her.

Teen girl sitting on a stack of books, holding laptop.

Teen girl in Dot Diva t-shirt.

Talk to her about what she wants to do with her life. Listen to what she values and what's important to her in a career. If you think computing may be something she's interested in, tell her about it. Recommend she take a look at What IS a Dot Diva?, What’s Your Passion?, and the Profiles.

Suggest she join a high school computer club or attend a summer camp that focuses on technology. There's nothing like practical, hands-on experience to help a girl identify her interests. For some suggestions, try the clubs and summer camps section of Become a Dot Diva.

Encourage her to prepare academically by taking more courses in math, science, and technology. These subjects develop problem-solving skills and logical thinking, which are important to computing. The following recommendations are from our partner, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), on preparing for a computing major.

  • Math (four years): Algebra and geometry should be completed, and trigonometry and calculus are highly recommended.
  • Science (four years): Physics and chemistry are highly recommended but not required for acceptance by all computer programs.
  • Additional subjects: English, social studies, foreign languages, and the arts are also recommended to round out a student's education.

Most high schools offer a college preparatory track and advanced placement courses and exams that prepare students for college-level work. Students who take these courses are often better prepared for the academic challenges presented in college. In addition, if their AP test scores are sufficiently high, students can often receive advanced placement in college or credit for a college course. But AP courses aren't required to pursue a college degree in computing.

Many of the courses recommended for college-bound students are also essential preparation for the college entrance examinations such as the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or the ACT Assessment.

Recommend she visit Become a Dot Diva for more information on colleges and careers, plus programs and scholarships like those from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) that are specifically for women.