2017-2018 News Student Life — 09 February 2018

Summer program rockets students into tech

By Buna Poeng 

Applications for the summer immersion program Girls Who Code are now open. Applications are due Feb. 16 for early decision, and Mar. 16 for the regular deadline.

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization whose stated goal is to expose young women to different aspects of the tech world, and close the gender gap in the tech industry. Participants will engage in a 7 week program based in San Francisco doing different activities, such as coding or hacking, each week.

“We will continue to build a future where our next generation of girls and boys will prosper through creativity, through bravery, and through teamwork,” said Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani on their website.

With jobs in the tech industry growing rapidly, more and more students around the country, and world, seem to be getting more exposure to hands on work with computers.

At Oakland High, we’ve had two students in the last year who partook in the program, both coming out with a bigger interest in the field.

“Girls who code was a great experience for me even though I had no prior experience with coding, and came out learning how to code in multifarious languages,” said senior Monica Chavez. “I appreciate girls so much more now, as we both go through the struggle of seeing men being more likely to get a job then us.”

When coming out of the program, Oakland High offers advanced computer courses where students can continue to show off their newly learned skills taught by PLTW director Diane Johnson.

“Girls are needed and necessary because we need a voice in the tech industry,” said Johnson. “Women are some of the biggest users of technology, and we need to be at the table because we impact the world too.”


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