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“Today, only 0.4% of female college freshmen plan to major in CS. This lack of participation in such an important and growing field has serious consequences for the future of technical innovation. If women aren’t represented in technology, their ideas, concerns, and designs won’t be included when we create the cities, cars, infrastructure, medicines, communications, companies, and governments of tomorrow.”
Made with Code is a new initiative from Google that aims to bring more girls into computer science. There are a lot of programs like this, but the Made for Code site seems well put together and thoughtful. There are in-browser projects that new programers can play with, tons of inspirational videos, and links to local events and classes. Also it looks like Google is partnering with a few existing organizations to make this all happen, which is really nice to see. There’s also a thorough overview of why coding is important and empowering for parents that aren’t quite on board. I’m really curious to see how hard Google pushes this. With their resources… well, it would be very exciting to see real change happen in the next few years.