By MakePi in News Posted October 24, 2017 Tags Code,computer Science,girls,STEM,Technology
We need to inspire girls to study computer science
MakePi is one of many organizations, such as Code.org and Girls Who Code, encouraging girls to explore the wonderful world of coding. We feel strongly about this because there are many benefits to be had by any who are willing to learn this skill.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Sophie Roth-Douquet, who participated in a summer program run by Girls Who Code, outlined a number of these benefits. In summary, learning to code equips girls with the necessary skills to pursue an amazing career in the field of technology, and they will have a whole load of fun along the way!
Despite these benefits and opportunities, however, there is a notable lack of women pursuing a career in computer science.
Coding Not Just for Half the Population
According to the New York Times, ‘an abysmal 0.4 percent of girls entering college intend to major in computer science. And in 2013, women made up 14 percent of all computer science graduates — down from 36 percent in 1984.’
As these statistics suggest, by the time they are making decisions about their careers, for one reason or another, girls’ interest in computer science has been extinguished. In light of this, many agree that we need to engage girls, who have a piqued interest in computer science and coding, a lot earlier on in the piece.
In an interview with Mashable, Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code said, “I really feel like everybody should think about a young girl in their lives and inspire her to learn how to code.”
The Barriers to Girls Taking Up Coding and Computer Science
There are of course barriers and setbacks that make it more challenging for girls to engage with coding and computer science. The article from Mashable, cited earlier, states, ‘both a culture that persistently ignores and discourages girls’ abilities in computer science and the lack of access to tools and education, play influential roles.’
MakePi’s contribution, as far as breaking down the barriers, involves addressing the latter. We want to provide the tools and educational resources needed to encourage an interest in coding. And we want girls to get involved as much as possible.
MakePi Encouraging Girls to Take Up Coding With the MakePad
If you notice that a child or a student has a keen interest in computer science or coding, we implore you to intercept that interest early and get the MakePad into their hands. The MakePad is an incredible yet affordable educational resource that swimmingly teaches kids as young as six how to code. And we’re 100 percent confident that girls will love exploring the marvelous world of coding with the MakePad!
Just so you know, the MakePad will be available on a crowdfunding platform soon. We encourage you to get on board and help us promote widespread interest in coding and computer science! Visit www.makepi.com to join us.