Research shows that many girls are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and excel at it, but don’t pursue this as a career for a variety of reasons.
The Girl Scouts of the America recently announced new badges in STEM to address this issue. The new program builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM from an early age, increasing their confidence—in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking appropriate risks and learning from failure.
At Code42, we are committed to diversity and inclusion for women in technology, so when we had the opportunity to partner with the River Valley Girls Scouts and host a Think Like a Programmer Event, we jumped at the chance. As a leader in security technology and a mom of three girls, it’s personally important to me that we introduce our young girls to this field.
Held last weekend, the event quickly filled to capacity with 75 girls between the ages of 6 and 11. The girls spent the morning participating in a variety of technology and programing activities.
These Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts learned problem solving, pattern recognition and steps to think like a programmer. Most importantly, they had a fun and positive experience with STEM.
A core value at Code42 is to leave the world a better place. Not every girl will want to pursue a STEM related career, but as women technology leaders it’s our responsibility to make sure they know they are welcome and can succeed in this field.
These girls are the future, and we are honored to help them on their journey.