|June 23, 2014 | By admin|
Google announced that it has invested $50 million to fund “Made with Code,” a program that aims to encourage young girls to pursue a career in computer science.
The Made with Code’s website includes coding projects, stories from female technology role models, and resources for parents. Creators of the program developed coding projects that would appeal to young girls, such as Shapeways, an introductory coding project allowing the students to design their own bracelet. Young girls can also watch videos featuring women who are successful at their jobs using coding, such as Miral, a famous hip-hop dances and choreographer; Erica, a humanitarian working to fight malaria; and Danielle, a Pixar animator for the movies “Brave” and “Finding Nemo.”
In a Google blog post, CEO of Google’s YouTube, Susan Wojcicki announced that the project involved high-profile figures and organizations including Chelsea Clinton, Girl Scouts of the USA, MIT Media Lab, SevenTeen, Mindy Kaling, and National Center for Women and Information.
Google is optimistic Made with Code will bring more women in technology to address a great gender disparity among all tech companies.