Girls Who Code

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The Girls Who Code program works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code’s vision is to reach gender parity in computing fields. We believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. The program believes that more girls exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields.

Girls-Who-CodeThe Crim Center joined this cause by launching first Girls Who Code Club in the Southeast United States.  20 young women from the Alonzo A. Crim Center’s Early College Program have elected to join the club and take on the challenging curriculum. Those who participate must engage in monthly project based activities, build real world software including games and mobile apps, and develop a final project that impacts their local community.  The class is currently instructed by Georgia State University Computer Science students.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. To reach gender parity by 2020, women must fill half of these positions, or 700,000 computing jobs. Anecdotal data tells us that an average of 30% of those students with exposure to computer science will continue in the field. This means that 4.6M adolescent girls will require some form of exposure to computer science education to realize gender parity in 2020. Girls Who Code has set out to reach 25% of those young women needed to realize gender parity.

To learn more about the Girls Who Code Club at Georgia State University contact Dr. Tene Davis at tdavis134@gsu.edu.

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STEAM: Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math -- posted May 5, 2016
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What stops people from creating art? Fear and access.

What stops people from learning to code? Fear and access.

Many people assume that STEM is not a creative field, they get overwhelmed by the concepts, the numbers and overall idea of what code OR what STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is. We sought out to change that by creating a mural that shows what STEM is and how it’s affected the evolution of our society with one of our Girls Who Code clubs.

Kweku Vassall, a Georgia State University Master’s Student with a background in design, lead the charge and we interviewed him about the process.