The Computer Sciences Gender Gap
The Made with Code InitiativeTo help promote an active interest in coding, they launched an interactive web site, Made with Code, where girls can participate in exciting projects that involve coding at different levels. Site participants can partake in various levels of projects. The site regularly updates with fun and exciting free interactive projects for all different skill levels and ages that will spark an interest in just about every student. You won't find intimidating blocks of numbers and symbols, either. The projects are based on Blockly, which is described as “a web-based, graphical programming editor developed by Google and used by services such as code.org and MIT’s App Inventor to teach beginning coders the concepts of coding in a fun, visual way.” The site also includes profiles of inspiring female role models who code as well as resources where girls can find coding classes, camps and clubs to encourage those who want to learn and develop their coding skills. Google also plans to promote gender diversity amongst coders through other organizations like Girls Who Code, Code.org and Black Girls Code. Educators, take note! According to the site, "Encouragement from adults and peers is the #1 contributor to a teen girl’s decision to pursue Computer Science."
Why It MattersThe site details why learning to code is so important for any modern student’s future. Can you believe that "In the United States, 74% of girls and teen girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in middle school. By high school, only 0.4% of teen girls plan to major in Computer Science," according to the Made with Code website. And, while the site is geared towards students of the younger variety, it’s actually a site that students of all ages looking to learn about coding would likely enjoy due to the user-friendly interface. According to their findings from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Made with Code site details that computer science jobs “will be one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors over the next decade earning the highest entry-level salary of any bachelor’s degree. At about $60K, that’s almost $15K more than the average college grad will make in their first year in the workforce.” That's a job market that girls will likely want to get in on and coding (as well as computer science degrees) can help make that possible for the future. To learn more about Google’s Made with Code initiative, visit MadewithCode.com. Looking to get inspired by women in successful STEM careers?
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