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2/8/2016
When: Mon, Feb 8, 2016
From 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Shahnaz Kamberi, D. CS.

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Women in Security SIG Monthly Webinar 

Designing an Educational Game to Obtain Teenage Girls’ interest in Cyber Security

Presentation by: Shahnaz Kamberi, D. CS.

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This presentation addresses the lack of women in cyber security and explores the benefits of early exposure to computing through educational games. I will discuss my dissertation research and how I have identified the game features preferred by 78 girls ages 12-17 and found that the participants preferred customization, open exploration, high-end graphics as well as good music. Today’s games made for girls are not appealing due to the use of stereotypical game elements. Future research on the impact of the game preferences may discover the balance needed to engage the interest of middle and high school girls and to encourage careers in not only cyber security but other computing fields as well.

Dr. Shahnaz Kamberi is a computer science professor with nine years of experience teaching programming at multiple levels, onsite and online; with specialty in game programming, educational game development, and serious game development and design. She is also a STEM outreach professional, volunteering her time to mentor and present to teenage girls in hopes of increasing their interest in computer programming and software development. She focuses on engaging the student in the classroom through new innovative methods. As an instructor, she is known for using educational computer games, software tools, using unplugged activities, social media and other means to provide the best learning environment for both adult learners and millennials/Generation Y students. Her dissertation focus was on the use of educational computer games to increase adolescent girls’ interest in computer science and can be found on her website, shahnazkamberi.com.

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