By Miles O’Brien, Science Nation Correspondent and Ann Kellan, Science Nation Producer, on the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation magazine, Sept. 2, 2014.

“Exploring Computer Science” boosts female student participation in L.A. school district to double the national average.

Jane Margolis is an educator and researcher at UCLA, who has dedicated her career to democratizing computer science education and addressing under-representation in the field. Her work inspires students from diverse backgrounds to study computer science and to use their knowledge to help society. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Margolis and her team investigated why so few girls and under-represented minorities are learning computer science. They developed “Exploring Computer Science,” or ECS, to reverse the trend.