Google’s Iniative to Inspire Girls to Pursue CS

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Over the last week or so I have been seeing Google’s Made with Code (aka”Made w/ Code”) all over my social media feeds. I even saw it below the Google search bar on Google.com the day it came out. Even Mindy Kaling (who I obviously follow on Instagram) was at their launch party.

It’s blowing up.

But what is it, exactly? And what are they trying to accomplish?

Funny. The actual site doesn’t have a formal “about page”.

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Kathryn Barrett: Teaching Kids To Code Across Canada

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Kathryn Barrett, hailing from Toronto, began teaching herself how to code at only 12 years old.

Today she teaches and develops courses for Learning Labs — an online digital literacy hub. Kathryn specifically works with two of their member organizations: Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code.

“Learning Labs is an online digital literacy hub that we created to showcase organizations like Ladies Learning Code, Girls Learning Code,

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Python: It’s Starting To Click

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Finally it’s starting to click.

I’ve been spending about 30-45 minutes a day learning Python for the last month. Maybe even more at this point. And it’s like concepts and ideas are starting to come together.

Lately I have been working through the “Learn Python the Hard Way” book, per usual. I am more than halfway through at this point. I also began the Coursera “Programming for Everybody” online course. I just finished week 4.

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Rebecca Rachmany: CEO and Creator of Purple and Nine TV Show

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Rebecca Rachmany is on a mission to get more girls into tech-based fields. But, beyond that, she hopes to inspire younger generations by revealing their full potential and breaking stereotypes often portrayed by mass media.

After seeing the dismal figures of women in Computer Science programs across the US, Rachmany wanted to take action. But, instead of the many programs targeting those in high school or older, Rachmany is reaching out to a younger demographic.

One of the ways Rachmany is connecting with girls (and boys) aged 8 –

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How Much Can You Learn in Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’?

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I remember when I first saw the Code.org promotional video. I was somewhere in Thailand and, after watching, was completely blown away.

I thought, “Wait .. All of these celebrities are promoting kids to learn how to code?” Sure, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were no shockers. But Will.i.Am? And Chris Bosh? What were these dudes doing here?!

Needless to say, Code.org’s mission to have every student exposed to computer science was impressive.

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