September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

Powerful Partnerships

 

Girl Power

Closing the gender gap, Miami Dade College partnered this summer with Girls Who Code Verizon Miami to offer 20 girls a free summer program in computer programming. The intensive seven-week course at MDC’s Idea Center on Wolfson Campus utilized a curriculum created at Stanford University and covered everything from Web design and robotics to mp3 creation.

Girls Who Code was founded by Reshma Saujani in 2012 who came up with the idea of creating the organization during her run for U.S. Congress when she noticed that schools along her campaign route lacked girls in computer science classrooms. The program in Miami is funded by Verizon and designed to inspire girls to pursue computer science education and careers by exposing them to real-life and on-screen role models. Girls Who Code engages engineers, developers, executives and entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation.

 


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