Harvey Mudd College has partnered with Girls Who Code, which seeks to expand its reach across the U.S. with a new summer program, Campus. Campus offers Girls Who Code’s first-ever specialized coding courses to help middle and high school girls get an edge for college and connect with other girls who have similar interests. The two-week intensive courses, hosted on select school and university campuses, go deep on a range of topics from Website Design and Development to Wearable Tech & Fashion Design and iPhone App Development. Harvey Mudd will be offering the iPhone App Development and Wearable Tech & Fashion Design for girls ages 13–18 from June 18 to June 29 and from July 9 to July 20, respectively.
Technology is changing everything about the way we live and work, but girls are being left behind. Fewer than one in four computer scientists are women—and that number is declining. Girls Who Code is urgently working to close the gap. In the past five years, Girls Who Code has reached over 40,000 girls, but its leaders want to teach every girl to code. Expanding access and teaching even more girls to code, the new Campus program will serve scholarship and tuition students.
Campus will be offering programs to over 1,000 girls in middle school and high school across six cities. The programs condense Girls Who Code’s award-winning curriculum into an accelerated 10-day summer course that will help girls get an edge for college, connect with other girls with similar interests and build 21st century skills like confidence and bravery.
“We are thrilled to partner with Girls Who Code to increase opportunities for girls to learn coding and become creators of technology,” said Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe. “The middle and high school years are an especially important time to engage girls in computer science and expose them to the fun, creativity and impact that careers in technology offer.”
Campus programs equip girls to pursue their interest in computer science: 80 percent of Campus program graduates say they’re more likely to pursue a major or minor in computer science because of the program. Campus programs also bring in role models who have careers in tech and connect girls to a sisterhood with similar interests—critical ingredients for girls to persist and succeed in the tech field.
To learn more about the programs or to register, visit girlswhocode.com/campus/.