Tech jobs are among the fastest-growing -- and most important -- in the world, yet girls are consistently being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.
The American NGO Girls Who Code was founded in 2012 with the mission to close the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating, and equipping high school girls with computing skills. Begun under the White House Science & Technology initiative, it is now the largest nonprofit initiative in the world dedicated to secondary school girl students’ technical skills, with over 150 chapters across the United States. The organization runs programs during the academic year teaching high school girls computing skills like programming, robotics, and web design with sessions including projects and trips to companies like Twitter and Facebook. Since its inception, 60 top companies have pledged to hire Girls Who Code alumni.
No comparable program exists in the United Kingdom, nor anywhere in Europe, today.
Weird Science Lab is currently assessing whether sufficient interest exists to open UK branches, not only in London but also at specific girls secondary schools, in collaboration with Girls Who Code USA. We are privileged to have one of the White House Science and Tech Policy for Girls staffers joining WSL’s effort, as coordinator of the UK program.
We want to know whether your school is interested in participating, and at a minimum inform your students of the new London-based activities.
Please contact Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest or get in touch with your Oxford University Press representative.