Hour of Code, Girls in I.T., Women In Technology

I was browsing through the code.org site to learn more about the upcoming Hour of Code event that is happening on December 8-14, 2014.

hour of code - Dec 2014

Through the Hour of Code event, code.org attempts to increase students’ awareness of computer science as not just another course, but as a life skill. code.org believes:

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

In addition, code.org:

is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

This resonates very well to the Women in Technology luncheon I attended last week at the PASS Summit 2014. Many companies have partnered with code.org for this event and for many other projects, including Microsoft.

I came across this infographic about Girls in IT from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology) which echoes a lot of what Kimberly Bryant mentioned in her talk. (Get the Full Report).

Women are underrepresented in IT for various reasons. We have to do our part to encourage and support women to trek into this field, and inspire young girls to at least look at technology as a possible career option.

One of the questions that was posed at the PASS WIT luncheon was …

“How do we start? We already talked about this a lot, now how do we show that we are ready for action?”

Dedicating one hour of your time to host and/or teach the event would be a great way to start. We can start small, but together our efforts will have ripple effects for generations to come.

If you are interested in participating in the Hour of Code event, check out these resources:

Teach the Hour of Code in your classroom

How to teach one hour of code

Here are some additional resources:

Inspire students to try computer science

4 ways to recruit girls to try computer science

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