During the 1980’s, 37% of women in college graduated with an undergraduate degree in computer science according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. But by the end of that same year, things drastically changed. The number changed from 37% to around 18%. Women stopped coding. Instead of young girls growing up with an interest in coding with role models like Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace, they grew up with condescending comments like “Sweetie, let your brother do that” or “Dear you shouldn’t do that, it’s a guy thing”.
"The time we spent at Girls Who Code working, learning, playing, laughing, getting to know each other, and in some cases sleeping are the moments we will look back on when we're sixty and remember nothing but joy and utter contentment. This summers GWC immersion program (2015) was truly an unforgettable experience not only for me but hopefully every other girl who participated. I hope in the future other girls will be able to experience the amount of fun I did! "
And that’s where we come in. By reaching out to girls who should code as girls who code, we can set them on a track towards becoming a future programmer. We therefore created a website to help young girls understand basic programming concepts such as variables and arrays through mini-games. These games will be a good start for first-time programmers and hopefully will encourage them to advance further!
Organization: Girls Who Code
Project Link: View Project Demo
Student: Niamber Stedman
Project Team Members: Radhika Gupta, Elaine Zheng, Kelsey Robinson
Type of Work: Game
Location: Newark - Verizon Grace Hopper
Grade: 12th Grade
Year Created: 2015
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