Evaluation

Statistics 
2012

99% of participants have a better sense of what computer science is.

99% of participants felt that CS KickStart had a positive effect on their motivation to pursue computer science.

96% of participants felt more prepared to take their first computer science course at UC Berkeley.

92% of participants agreed that CS KickStart had a positive effect on their programming skills.

88% of participants recommend CS KickStart to a friend that doesn’t have programming experience.

85% of participants plan to stay in contact with other CS KickStart participants.


2011

95% of participants agree that after CS KickStart that they have a better sense of what computer science is.

95% of partcipants agree that they feel more prepared to take their first computer science course at UC Berkeley.

95% of participants would recommend CS KickStart to a friend that doesn't have programming experience.

90% of participants would recommend CS KickStart to a friend that does have programming experience.

86% of participants agree that CS KickStart had a positive effect on their motivation to pursue computer science.

86% of participants agree that CS KickStart had a positive effect on their programming skills.

81% of participants agree that CS KickStart had a positive effect on their confidence to pursue computer science.

*Results based on those who responded to the surveys.

Quotes

How did CS KickStart change your view of what computer science is? 



"CS KickStart helped me to enjoy Computer Science and learn its important applications." - Kristin Kwok



"CS KickStart definitely opened my eyes to the variety of industries that computer science influences and affects, and in turn increased my interest in pursuing this major in college. After participating in this program, I now have a clearer view of what I can do with this degree and what goals I can achieve." - Meghana Seshadri


How do you think participating in CS KickStart will change your experience in your first computer science course at Cal? 


"I had no idea what computer science was, but now I have an idea about how it works as well as the diverse fields in which CS can be used.  CS Kickstart will make me feel a lot less clueless in my first CS class!" - Kate Rakelly




"I think my first computer science course at Cal will be easier because of what I learned in CS Kickstart. It's helpful to know some basics instead of going into the class blind." - Ashley Willard



How do you think participating in CS KickStart will change your experience in your first year at Cal? 

 
"I make lots of friends and get used to my new college life.  I feel so glad!" - Nancy Xu


"Before CS Kickstart, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find people to whom I could relate in my classes (especially CS classes
because of the overwhelming male population and the unfortunate prejudice against females). Now, however, I'm confident that we'll succeed (especially with each others' help)!" - Ashleigh Cushman


"Firstly I made  a lot of friends here, which would help me get used to the life in Cal. Secondly, since I am an international student and it will be a big problem if I cannot understand my future professors, it is so lucky to practice my English precisely. And this program gives me chance to gain programming experience." - Betty Chen


"CS Kickstart has provided me the opportunity to create many unforgettable memories and valuable 
friendships. Before CS KickStart, I was extremely nervous because of the change in atmosphere and the unknown road ahead. However, now that I have completed this program, I feel so much more at home and am excited to start my first year at Cal! " - Helen Park


What was the most important part of your CS KickStart experience and why was it important to you? 


"The most important part of my CS Kickstart experience was the confidence I gained in my choice of major. Both the presentations and the labs made me excited about being a Computer Science
major at Berkeley." - Emma Van Campen



"I was really inspired by some of the industry presenters and professors that came to talk and I think they played a 
significant role in sparking my interest in computer science." - Amy Tsai





"I didn't know CS had so many different aspects to it. One of my favorite insights from one of the lectures 
was, 'In the 17th century, philosophy was required to understand the world. After that, it was math. Now, the new body of knowledge to understand everything is computer science.' It really captured the idea of how expansive and flexible CS really is, something I hadn't known before." - Amy Tang


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