Girls Who Code Offers Summer Programs, Scholarship Funds

Education News – Jace Harr

“Girls Who Code, an initiative to draw more girls into computer science-based education, will be hosting 78 Summer Immersion Programs in 2016 and providing $1 million in scholarships to its attendees. The national non-profit will be teaming up with companies and philanthropic foundations for these programs, which aim to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields…Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani said: “This incredible expansion shows the technology sector has finally woken up to its gender gap problem and is moving quickly to show many more young women they have a future in the industry. I want to thank all of our partners who are as committed as we are to reversing long-held assumptions about what an engineer should be and opening up many new doors for women across the nation.””(more)

MIT partners with Johnson & Johnson to promote women’s STEM education

MIT News – Kimberly Haberlin

“MIT and Johnson & Johnson — a global leader in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods — have announced a new collaboration designed to increase the number of undergraduate women enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and graduating with STEM degrees. This new effort will build on MIT’s ongoing work to expand the reach and quality of STEM education and attract more women to fields traditionally dominated by men. MIT is one of nine academic institutions that will be working with Johnson & Johnson in the coming months to develop effective recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies for women leaders in STEM. The other participating institutions are Caltech, Harvey Mudd College, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA – Brazil), Rhode Island School of Design, Rutgers Honors College, Spelman College, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Limerick.”(more)

STEM Wars: Can the Force Awaken Change for More Women in Science?

The Huffington Post – Helen Drinan

“It took less than a month for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to smash through the record books. The latest edition of the beloved epic series surpassed the $1.56 billion earnings mark and became the top-grossing film in North America. With all eyes on when (not if) the film will take over the No. 1 spot in global earnings, it’s the pioneering content of this latest edition of the decades-old saga that intrigues me most…In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) is a respected general in the Resistance, and the new star of the franchise, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), is a scrappy, resourceful, young woman warrior. What’s crucial about this blockbuster…is the power it holds to influence a whole new generation of pop culture consumers on gender representations. This film gives women — and men — an opportunity to see women as adventurers and leaders in the infinite world of science fiction.”(more)

Where Are All The Women In White Hats?

TechCrunch – Valecia Maclin

“America needs cyber talent — especially among women. Without a capable workforce to secure the smartphone in your hand or the highly classified networks our government operates within, our economy and national security will be at risk. We need to nurture a pool of interested young men and women to go into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The troubling news is that we are already behind the curve — and more women than men feel they are not qualified…We can’t leave half the potential workforce behind by continuing to let girls and women feel discouraged from choosing cybersecurity careers. It’s absolutely critical that we challenge this common perception and, from elementary school to college, encourage women to pursue STEM education to meet the increasing demand for cyber warriors.”(more)

Ford Partners with Girls Who Code on STEM Education

The Industry Week – Staff Writer

“Women are outnumbered in tech careers, and the problem is only getting worse. In 2001, 27% of computer science graduates were women. That’s way down from 27% in 2001 and 37% in 1984. Hoping to help turn things around, Ford’s philanthropic wing, the Ford Motor Company Fund, recently announced it partnering with the group Girls Who Code to encourage young women to consider tech careers and help them flourish in STEM studies. The partnership includes mentorship, instruction and hands-on learning opportunities at Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto for up to 180 Bay Area girls in grades 6 to 12.”(more)

More women are urged to follow entrepreneurial path via STEM education

News Oklahoma – Scott Meacham

“Last week I wrote about girls and women pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Today, I turn my attention to women with STEM education becoming entrepreneurs. While the number of women pursuing STEM degrees in college is alarmingly low, those who then go on to become entrepreneurs can be counted on one hand — at least in Oklahoma. Kelly Tran is one of the few women who decided to turn her STEM degree in computer science into a career as an entrepreneur in Oklahoma. Her latest venture, Appable, is a company Kelly founded to be an application development company. It didn’t take her long to expand her vision. Today, Appable’s business model includes plug-and-play development services, spinout technologies and the Startup Factory, a for-profit business accelerator.”(more)