Girls Learning Code
Girls need to be encouraged to pursue STEM in the classroom, not just in extracurricular activities. But these programs are a start.
By Ariel Schwartz (Senior Editor, FastCompany’s Co.Exist)
10 years ago – even five years ago – it was incredibly difficult for tech-minded girls going through the K-12 school system to find instruction tailored to them. If you wanted to be an engineer, you’d probably be stuck in a 95% male robotics club. And if you wanted to be a programmer? Good luck finding any female companionship. That’s starting to change, due in no small part to
In my research for CodeEd, I’ve learned that K-12 computer science offerings are actually on the decline.
By Jenny Ye (Summer Intern, CodeEd)
This summer, I’ve been tutoring in New York and developing curriculum for CodeEd, a startup organization that has been bringing computer science to middle school girls in underserved communities since 2010. I am currently studying computer science at Harvard University and I grew up in New York City in the heart of Chinatown, where I first got involved with direct service and organizing.
Working with CodeEd has been an incredibly rewarding experience and such a great way to combine my two passions of technology and community work.
By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)
We’re getting ready to send acceptances to the girls who will be receiving scholarships to attend our Girls Learning Code March Break camp. (We’re accepting them on a rolling basis, but the deadline isn’t until February 15th – so there’s still time to get an 11-14 year-old girl in your life involved!) The application forms are meant to mostly be filled out by the girls’ parents, but we did ask the girls to complete one question on their own: “What interests you most about Girls Learning Code?”
As I reviewed applications last night, the answers