Did you know that only 18% of women with undergraduate degrees possess one in computer science and information? Well, search engine giant, Google is investing to change that.
$50,000 over the next three years is being allocated to teaching girls and giving them access to programs like “Made With Code.” They can learn things like Blocky Coding, which works like putting a puzzle together rather than typing everything out by hand, music production and making the GIFs that I spend so much time laughing at. Google brought in some heavyweight support by partnering with the Girls Scouts of America, Girls Inc and Chelsea Clinton, just to name a few. The plan is also to reward educators who are encouraging girls to explore technological career choices. According to a study conducted by the AAUW (The American Association of University Women), there is still a major gender divide among what men and women choose to study in school.
“Most people associate science and math fields with “male” and humanities and arts fields with“female,” according to research examined in this report. Implicit bias is common, even amongindividuals who actively reject these stereotypes. This bias not only affects individuals’ attitudestoward others but may also influence girls’ and women’s likelihood of cultivating their owninterest in math and science”
I remember hating math and science as a student and even being pushed toward subjects like English and art, so it’s not hard to believe that these things still exist. I think this a great idea to decrease the gender gap in the STEM fields. So much of our time is spent using technology, why not teach girls to take full advantage of it? As an added change, Google will be working with the Science and Entertainment Exchange to get more female scientists and engineers on television.
Way to go Google!
Just as an added bonus (albeit slightly off topic) also check out this commercial for Goldie Blox engineering toys. I thought it was so cool when I first saw them, so imagine the creativity you could inspire little girls with.
What do you think of the news? Are any of you involved in math, science or computer related field? Share your experience in the comments below!