UW Women's Center

Girls Who Code

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Building a Partnership

 
Our Making Connections (MC) program for 9th through 12th-grade girls has partnered with Girls Who Code, allowing us to expand our program and offer computer science education and tech industry classes throughout the academic year.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful facilitators from Amazon, Google, and UW Computer Science working with our MC students and teaching them the valuable skill of coding and more! Our instructors and featured faculty come from broad backgrounds. With a diverse teaching staff of professionals, our Tech Tuesdays with Girls Who Code can truly provide even more resources for young women to be successful.

The Reason Why This Partnership is so Fantastic

The Women’s Center along with Girls Who Code are working to close the gender gap (and the diversity gap) in the tech and engineering sectors, which is getting larger rather than smaller. Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates compared to the 37% represented in 1984. Most importantly, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and yet only 0.3% of high school girls choose a college major in computer science (Girls Who Code website). These statistics can change and this is where Girls Who Code comes in. Their supplementary curriculum of project-based activities, software building training, and a community-driven final project are designed to give girls the tools to be successful in the technology field. This includes 40 hours of teacher and facility instruction!

Web Development and Program Training

  • Programming languages (HTML, CSS, WYSIWIG, and understanding the correct language to use)
  • How to code (beginner instruction)
  • How to choose a web host and launch a website
  • Building software: mobile apps and games
  • Blog creation and implementation
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