August 31, 2020
In Unusual Year, Software Expands Reach of Girls Who Code Program
August 05, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic canceled all sorts of summer camps and other programs this year, but a healthy dose of innovation actually helped Software.org increase the reach of our regular partnership with Girls Who Code. By leaning on online collaboration tools, the annual coding camp program reached nearly twice as many students – some of them long distances away.
This was a new way of doing things, but our commitment to getting more girls to code is not new. Since 2015, Software.org: the BSA Foundation has partnered with Girls Who Code to host an annual summer coding class for DC-area high schoolers. By engaging directly with a group of young women who may one day become coders, Software.org works to increase diversity and close the gender gap in the tech sector.
This year, with the program moved completely online, Software.org’s classroom included nearly 40 young women, and the program reached students beyond the immediate Washington, DC area – including rural and suburban areas in Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Despite the challenging circumstances this year, our highly engaged class of 37 high schoolers built their own websites, programmed custom apps, and created inspiring final projects all in just two weeks of instruction.
Today, fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women; by supporting initiatives like the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, Software.org aims to encourage young women to pursue in-demand STEM careers and promote workforce opportunity for all. And since every sector is a software sector, these skills will come in handy no matter what career path these young women choose to pursue.
We once again would like to congratulate the Girls Who Code Class of 2020 for their hard work and outstanding achievement this summer! Click here to read more about this year’s Summer Immersion Program.
Jake Morabito serves as Program Coordinator at Software.org: the BSA Foundation. In this capacity, he provides research, analysis, and project management support for the Foundation’s key organizational initiatives and events.