Attracting Girls to Technology and Science: Pat Yongpradit, a program that works.

We don't know why so many intelligent, smart young ladies steer away from technology and science-related fields.

We don't know why one of the highest growth industries in the world that allows the excellent to telecommute from home and gives some of the greatest flexibility in work hours doesn't attract more young women.

But, lets start with something we do know. We do know that teacher,  Pat Yongpradit, winner of Microsoft Innovative Educators Forum last October in Cape Town, South Africa, is attracting young girls into his Computer Science program through an after school video game programming club.

Meet Pat, a young teacher introducing young girls into the exciting field of Computer Science.

I spent some time interviewing Pat last October in Cape Town and want to share his interview here.

If you've got a story like Pat's, please take the time to apply for Microsoft's Innovative Educator Forum. The applications are due on May 15th. It is an excellent program (and John Medina is keynoting this year's conference.)

I apologize that I misspelled Pat's last name. I couldn't post this video this morning because of Blogger's extended outage and just got back to my home computer now. I will fix his name and reupload, but want his message to get out while there is still time for you to apply to this incredible conference!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Rob Bayuk (aka TeachTec) May 14, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Nice post @coolcatteacher – Pat is doing amazing work. If anyone is interested in seeing a video profile of Pat we shot not too long ago: – hope to see you at ISTE again. @TeachTec  

coolcatteacher May 14, 2011 - 9:41 pm

Thank you for sharing, Rob! Great work!

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