STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Programs for Girls

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    By: ActivityTree

    Let us start out with the disclaimer that we’re not trying to be gender-biased and that, in some instances, boys can partake in these programs, too. The unfortunate reality in the tech industry is that there is a huge gender disparity. For instance, tech giant Google recently claimed that only 17% of its tech employees are women. The following organizations are making valiant efforts to close the gender gap and get more young ladies excited about and better-versed in STEM programs.

    Made with Code by Google

    This $50 million dollar initiative educates kids on the everyday ways that code is present in their lives, features bios and projects from female coders, and other fun coding facts. The best part is the kid’s coding resources page where girls (and boys…the page is public) can do basic coding such as make a meme, or more intermediate coders can build a phone app. 

    YouthSpark Camps at Microsoft Stores 

    During the summer months, Microsoft Stores around the U.S. host these free summer camps in-store. Topics of choice include game design, game coding and movie making. These popular camps usually fill up fast.

    The Hour of Code

    This free, online coding tutorial for beginners is a collaboration of engineers from tech powerhouses like Facebook and Twitter. It features popular brands such as Angry Birds, which makes learning code relatable and fun for kids. Millions of people of all ages have utilized this great resource to start their journies into the world of coding.

    Girls Who Code

    They offer a free Summer Immersion program for high schoolers is held at schools in Seattle, New York, Boston, Miami and several California cities, including San Francisco and San Jose (2014 session closed to new applicants and exact 2015 locations TBD at time of posting). There is an application process to attend and, although there is no tuition cost, attendees are responsible for travel and lodging (scholarships are available). In addition, they have local Girls Who Code Clubs for girls in grades 6-12 are present in several major cities and they hope to expand into many more in the coming years. 

    Black Girls Code

    The mission of this San Francisco-based organization is, “To introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.” Their primary means of doing so is through special events they call "Hackathons" that are hosted in just a handful of U.S. cities.  Participants team-up to solve problems through the creation of apps. Hopefully, they’ll bring these events to more areas in the future.

    Speaking of the future, the sky is seemingly the limit for girls who take an interest in STEM programs. Technology is ever-evolving and employers are eager to hire more females to ensure a more balanced culture. Fostering your daughter's interest in pursuing a STEM-based career is likely a wise move. 

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