This post is so true. While my state, Oklahoma, does offer computer science classes in middle/high school, they are electives. As a high school computer teacher, I’ve heard of few-to-no coding classes, even at the high school level. There are none at my school, but I hope to change that and give girls an in-the-flesh example of a coder who also happens to be a woman.


Twenty high school girls sit hunched in front of laptops around a polished wooden table at AT&T’s midtown office in New York City. Riya Satara, 17, types a series of ones and zeros to adjust a paddleball game she’s designing so that the ball follows the right trajectory. It’s only her first week learning to code — writing the instructions that tell a computer what to do — but by the end of a seven-week summer stint with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit that seeks to close the gender gap in the tech industry, Satara and her camp mates will be designing algorithms that do everything from locate public restrooms to detect false positives in breast-cancer testing.

This camp is just one of a half-dozen similar programs around the country — many of which are supported by tech giants like Google, Facebook and AT&T — that offer coding classes…

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