Women in STEM: Programs & Initiatives for Female Students
In hopes to bridge the gender gap in STEM careers, companies and organizations are creating programs to help encourage female students who may be interested in STEM studies at a young age.
April 10, 2018
In hopes to bridge the gender gap in STEM careers, companies and organizations are creating programs to help encourage female students who may be interested in STEM studies at a young age. These programs and initiatives work to foster students gaining an interest in STEM-fields, like computer coding, at a young age.
Some of the programs are specific to females, while others are simply for younger students. That being said, female students getting involved in these programs at a young age would certainly help spark interest in computer science careers and remind them that STEM careers are, indeed, an option for both male and female students alike.
Girls Who Code is a movement created to bridge the gender gap in technology and links female students interested in the field to programs, clubs and more.
Get more details about Girls Who Code on Fastweb.
Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code is “devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more.” The program provides community outreach in the form of workshops and after school programs. They work at community outreach through workshops and after school programs that introduce computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in various programming languages used today.
Google’s Made with Code allows students to create fun and exciting projects, link with mentors, communities and other resources with the ultimate goal of fostering in interest in developing new coding skill sets.
Get more details about Made with Code on Fastweb.
Code.org was created to help students learn computer sciences. The program boasts “21,831,488,026 lines of code written by 27 million students.” Programs span all ages, offering courses for grades K-5, 6-12 and University+. They also offer short hour learning sessions and link students to local course opportunities.
According to the website, coderGirls “is an international nonprofit organization to educate and enable female K-12 students in computer science. We make computer science not just about binary, but about connecting code to community outreach and their passions, such as art, websites, or even hardware coding!”
They have chapters and workshops for students to get involved in, as well as competitions and inspiring features on women in the field.
Looking to get inspired by women in successful STEM careers?
Our Women in STEM series highlights women in the field forging the path for female students everywhere. Check out part one of our Highlighting Women in STEM series.
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