Nerding for Newbies 2014 A Summer School in Computers & Programming
Recruiting students to informatics can be a challenge, particularly when it
comes to recruiting female students. The Department of Informatics at the
University of Bergen has had severe problems with both recruitment and
retention of female students.
As part of an effort to raise interest in computers and programming in
general, and among women in particular, we organised a two-week summer
school where students could learn a range of subject including programming,
Linux, electronics, statistics and other basic computer geek skills – in short,
Nerding for Newbies. In this paper, we discuss the organisation of the summer
school, our teaching methods and our experiences.