Local girls’ school inspires next generation of female tech leaders (sponsored)

“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children – and that includes our girls – in this critical field.” Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

The number of computer science jobs created every day far exceeds the number of students preparing for careers in this field. With technology being a critical driver of growth, it’s imperative that our future leaders understand technology and know how to harness its power.

If only 13% of girls graduate with computer science degrees today, what does this tell us about the leaders of tomorrow? Even though computer science remains a primarily male-dominated field, one local girls’ school is working hard to change that.

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Since the 1990’s, Louise S. McGehee School has been at the forefront of integrating technology into its academic curriculum and educating the next generation of female tech leaders. Its commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) will elevate to a new level when McGehee girls Grades 2-8 participate in the first ever Hour of Code during this year’s Computer Science Education Week, December 9 -15.

Hour of Code is a national effort to introduce students to computer programming concepts, demystify “code” and get them excited about a world of career opportunities across the tech industry, many of which offer some of the most exciting, high-paying and flexible jobs out there.

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Hour of Code is sponsored by code.org, a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education, Microsoft, Apple, Google, The National Center for Women & Information Technology, and many more. As of this email, over 2 million students in over 151 countries will participate.

Whether you’re a school, a camp, a teacher, an employer, a student, or parent, you can be part of the Hour of Code. Learn how.

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think. Computer science is a liberal art. ” Steve Jobs, The Lost Interview

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.

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