Far fewer females and minorities are pursing computer programming, even as demand grows.

Students in Mike Reilly’s computer programming classes could be helping to bust the stereotype of the computer nerd hunched over a keyboard, writing programs that crunch numbers and sort lists.

They are creating and remixing hip-hop beats as part of a pilot program that could have broader implication for the future of computer science education.

For almost a decade, government agencies, universities and technology companies have plowed millions of dollars, with little success, into robotics camps, video gaming and other programs intended to convince two under-represented groups — females and minorities — to study and pursue computer programming as a career.

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