In 2008, only 7% of middle school girls thought that computer engineering would be a desirable career. When you consider that occupations within computer science are projected to account for nearly two-thirds of all job growth between now and 2020, this statistic is particularly worrisome.
CodeEd is a non-profit that teaches computer science to girls in underserved communities, beginning in middle school. They partner with schools and programs that serve low-income girls and provide them with volunteer teachers, computer science course offerings, and computers to work with.
Students are encouraged to work on tangible projects with all exercises focused on building fun additions to their ongoing work. This approach enables students to see the outcome of their work as they create it, reinforcing the impact of their learning. Students enjoy programming and building, and often see the completion of these projects as their own reward.
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