Students in the CAT Lab have been studying parents' access to information resources for over a decade. This work started with a deep look at how parents with less formal education could access information about the many free CS tools. We found that they could not, a combination of the mismatch in vocabulary, search engine algorithms, and the site's lack of search engine optimization made it almost impossible for less technically savvy parents to help their children learn about computer science with online resources.
From there the work expanded to better understand how parents across a broad range of background access and trusted online learning searches. Eventually we narrowed the work to focus on Latino immigrants - work that was lead by a former student, Dr. Marisol Wong-Villacres.