100 Girls of Code, an organization formed to expose girls ages 10 to 18 to STEM careers, has been established at Central Michigan University. Through free, one-day workshops, participants learn computer-programming basics by building websites and video games to generate interest in computer science.
The Center for Excellence in STEM Education in CMU’s College of Education and Human Services oversees the CMU chapter.
“We are very pleased to bring 100 Girls of Code to CMU,” Julie Cunningham, STEM education program coordinator, said. “This programming fits perfectly with our ongoing efforts to bring more engaging STEM education to our region, and we are especially interested in increasing outreach to underserved populations.”
100 Girls of Code began in 2014 in Tennessee and has spread to other states. The program’s goal is to help achieve gender equality in STEM fields by introducing more young women to STEM concentrations in code and computer engineering.
“With the success we’ve seen in such little time, we hope to continue expanding this program to cities big and small across the country,” Sammy Lowdermilk, co-founder of 100 Girls of Code, said. “We want a chapter in every city, inspiring more young girls to pursue a career or college path in computer science.”
To learn more about the 100 Girls of Code initiative, visit www.100girlsofcode.com.