Last week, 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
- 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!
Girl Scouts is excited to support girl coders and those who are just discovering the possibilities!