Girls Inc. Made with Code

Girls Inc. Made with Code

I am very, VERY proud to be the mother of a strong, smart, and bold 11 year old girl who wears shirts with periodic tables and pi jokes. As a mom who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics at college I feel very strongly about the following:

  • Empowering my daughter to feel like she can do anything with hard work
  • Giving her every opportunity to geek out as much as she wants to

People ask me all the time how I do it…and part of it is not letting one day go by where I don’t give her examples of women being strong, smart, and bold…whether it’s in the technology field or somewhere else. I actively seek out opportunities for my daughter to participate in programming, robotics, and engineering camps, activities, games, etc. Unfortunately a lot of times this can cost money and resources to make help her get back and forth in the middle of the day.

I am was so excited when Girls Inc asked me to share information about this FREE 2 hour workshop that they are offering for ANY girl, ages 12-18 to learn more about programming and pursuing opportunities in a technical field. Although it is never too late to explore your dreams, how incredible would it be to give girls the opportunity sooner than later. Let’s not let them get all the way through college before exposing them to needs our industry currently has for Computer Science majoring women.

Today, only 0.4% of female college freshmen plan to major in CS. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school go to college, there will be one million more CS jobs than computer scientists to fill them. Today, only about 10% of high schools offer Computer Science classes. And when they do, the curriculum isn’t always best suited to be inclusive of girls.

For the past four years, I have attended the Grace Hopper Conference which celebrates women in computing whether in the industry, academics, or majoring in school. Four years ago was the first time I had ever been in a room with 2,000 women who also majored in Computer Science. It was an amazing feeling. Since high school I was in advanced math classes where there were more boys then I went into Computer Science at UTSA and there were only a handful of girls there too. If we encourages girls 12-18 to start actively learning about a career in code, a hobby in coding, the possibilities programming presents, there will be less girls who are the only girl in the room. There will be more diversity in the classrooms from high school on up.

I <3 Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. San Antonio presents a “Made with Code” party is open to all girls ages 12-18 to demonstrate how programming can help make any dream come true, regardless of the interest area. Technology and programming are continuing to be a huge part of people’s lives. You don’t have to have any experience programming.

Event information can be found by clicking on the image or clicking here.

To sign up contact Girls Inc. of San Antonio at (210) 212-2510.

When: Sat., September 13th OR Sat., September 20th

Time: 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm

Place: St. Mary’s University Campus | 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78288 { MAP }

 

Make sure you keep in touch with Girls Inc. San Antonio by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Google Made with Code Initiative

Girls Inc. proudly joins Google in the Made with Code Initiative, which aims to inspire millions of girls to learn to code and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. Girls Inc. will reach thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming in which girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities today and for the future.

For those who want to get a head start or cannot attend one of the workshops, check out their online resources here. Activities include:

  • Animating your name
  • Making a card for friends
  • Making a meme
  • Making custom paper
  • Sewing a light up bookmark
  • Making a website
  • Make an app for your phone

There are also great resources for parents, teachers, and counselors who are excited about getting their kids involved.

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