During the “Build A Webpage” workshop girls will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and basic web structure. BGC has partnered with Mozilla as a Summer CODE Party partner and will use Mozilla tools such as Hackasaurus and Thimble to introduce students to web-making. Volunteers from Thoughtworks, NYU and other organizations with a background in computer science and engineering will attend the workshop and assist girls as they learn the tools of basic web programming.
“Our objective is to provide our girls with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow.”– http://www.linkedin.com/
Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCODE
Women currently make up half the college-educated workforce in the United States, but hold less than a quarter of professional or managerial roles in computer science, mathematics, engineering, and the life and physical sciences. In fact women's attainment of bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science has steadily decreased from a high of 27% of degrees awarded in 1984 to less than 18% of degree holders today. Among minorities, this disparity is even more pronounced: Hispanics make up more than 15% of the US population but earn less than 7% of bachelor's degrees in computer science. African Americans, about 13% of the population, earn less than 5% of these degrees (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2012; NSF, Women, Minorities, and People with Disabilities, 2012). BlackGirlsCODE is determined to “change the ratio” by introducing girls at a young age to the world of technology and to feed the STEM pipeline so more women of color become the technology and innovation leaders of the future.
BlackGirlsCODE has captured the attention of technology and community leaders around the country for its innovative approach to empowering girls from underrepresented communities to pursue career ambitions in an array of STEM-related fields during their launch of Summer of CODE. As a committed partner, ThoughtWorks has been an immense advocate in supporting BlackGirlsCODE’
"ThoughtWorks is thrilled to be partnering with BlackGirlsCODE (BGC). As a global IT consultancy and product development firm that has always advocated for social and economic justice, we live every day knowing how important diversity is for establishing a great team that can spark the next innovative product or solution. We're absolutely delighted to see so many BGC students walk away from BGC classes feeling empowered to do more on their own! Planting that seed of curiosity and empowerment is a critical step towards a bold new future for these girl and the IT industry as a whole." – Grant Joung, ThoughtWorks San Francisco Office Principal.
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