Google announced an exciting new initiative—and Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to be part of it. Made With Code aims to change the way girls think about coding, and inspire them to consider careers in computer science. The program includes:
- A new site where girls can try Blockly-based coding projects like designing a 3D-printed bracelet, learning to create animated GIFs, and even building beats for a music track.
- A directory where volunteers, girls, and their parents can find additional coding resources and opportunities, such as camps and clubs.
- Video profiles of girls and women who are using computer science in new and exciting ways.
Here at Girl Scouts we know that Computer Science and coding is a critical skill that will give girls great power to create, to innovate, and quite literally change the world - but surprisingly few girls see Computer Science as part of their future. Girls simply don’t think coding is cool and they don’t connect it with things they are interested in.
Our goal is to demonstrate how coding can help girls to pursue, and reach, their dreams. Made with Code will encourage girls to write their own future and show them that it can take them anywhere!
Google has also collaborated with other youth-serving organizations, along with leaders in the tech industry and celebrities like Mindy Kaling. “Less than 1 percent of high school girls see computer science as part of their future,” says Kaling.
“Made with Code lets girls see coding not just as something they can do, but something they'd love to do."
To get started with this exciting program, just head over to Made With Code —and don’t forget to make your free bracelet!
Another great way to begin learning about code is by joining a Robotics Team. Teams meet for four months to build a robot and eventually compete in the FIRST LEGO League competition in December. For more info or to join a team, contact Laura Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.