“Girls Who Code” is a national organization that helps schools establish coding clubs geared toward young women. A current sophomore at Stamford High School has initiated the club and is getting support from Library Media Specialist, Mary George, and ECS Director, Kristin Veenema.
Girls Who Code reports that 74 percent of girls express interest in STEM careers, yet by the time they decide what to study, they have been deterred. “Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women.” Additionally, “just 5 percent of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women” (Mylavarapru).
We are incredibly proud of the good work that our young women in ECS have been doing, taking on their classes but also stretching themselves to compete in the Student Spaceflight Education Program run by NASA and made possible by SHS teacher, Susan Dougherty. We look forward to offering them this opportunity at Stamford High School and supporting their interest and future in the technology field.