Last week, NEC member Google announced their new Made to Code initiative.
The new initiative aims at getting girls interested in computer science (CS) through coding and computer programing. Backed by the Girl Scouts of the USA, MIT Media Lab, Girls Inc., and the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Google launched the program with the help of Chelsea Clinton and actress and comedian Mindy Kaling in New York last week. The Made to Code website offers simple coding tasks targeted at girls including creating bracelets and other items they may like. The website also promotes events, like tech camps and classes, offered by Google to get girls more interested in computer science.
“When I received my first computer in the mid-80s, women comprised 37 percent of CS graduates. Today, despite ever-increasing job opportunities, it’s less than 16 percent. We need to help girls see themselves as the next generation of coders, and, with efforts like Made with Code …, make sure there’s full participation in technology’s future,” said Chelsea Clinton.
Google has also pledged to donate $50 million over three years to programs that promote gender diversity in the computer science field. The New England Council congratulates Google for their promotion of diversity in the computer science field