The Next Generation of CodersAs a tech company, we’re always thrilled to see kids excited about technology, which is why we love the recent Kickstarter campaigns dedicated specifically to spark young girls’ interests in engineering, technology, and programming.
If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have seen this super catchy commercial for GoldieBlox, a company that began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Headed by Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling, the company creates construction set toys for girls with the mission of inspiring a future generation of female engineers. Sterling founded the company as a response to men greatly outnumbering women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. “We believe there are a million girls out there who are engineers,” the company’s website says, “They just might not know it yet. We think GoldieBlox can show them the way.” Hello Ruby is another Kickstarter campaign we love, which has already raised over $290,000 with 16 days left to go! Created by programming teacher Linda Liukas, Hello Ruby is an illustrated book starring a girl programmer that aims to teach children about programming and technology. “Code is the 21st-century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABC of Programming is imminent,” Liukas says on the Kickstarter page, “Our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it.” You can find out more about Hello Ruby- and contribute funds to back the project- here. If you have daughters, nieces, little sisters, or friends who have interested Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, check out some of our favorite resources! (boy & girl organizations/resources included further down) Girls Who Code This program aims to provide computer science education to one million young women by 2020. The NYC-based organization launches programs in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and San Jose this year and seeks to empower female students in their junior and senior year of high school. Girls Teaching Girls to Code Girls Teaching Girls to Code is a program where Stanford women in Computer Science teach Bay Area high school girls to code. Students learn programming basics, build exciting projects, and develop strong relationships with mentors in the field. More camp locations coming soon. Girl Develop It Empowers women of all ages from diverse backgrounds and from around the world to develop software and tools for multiple industries. Girl Scouts: Girls in Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math There are now 5 new categories of STEM badges that Girl Scouts of all ranks can achieve! These great organizations cater to kids of all genders! Digital Media Academy Kid-tested, mother-approved technology camps at prestigious universities. Camps offered for programming & app development, music & audio production, robotics & engineering and much more! CODE A non-profit dedicated to bringing computer science classes to every K-12 school in the United State. Do you know about any other awesome organizations that encourage kids to learn about technology and programming? Share with us in a comment below! Written by Shannon Valdes, Marketing & PR Specialist at Oceanhouse Media