How important is coding?
Without coding, today’s world would literally shutdown.
Source code is the basic instructions that explains to the computer what to do. Without coding you might as well pull the electric cord out of the wall.
The computer becomes useless.
From playing a video game, sending emails, taking a selfie to watching a movie on Netflix, their functions all depend upon good coding.
When you think about it, traffic lights, the websites that sell lip stick to perfume, tuning a modern day car to running a hospital all require coding.
In 2010 according to the latest numbers released by the United States Department of Labor, the Leading Occupations of Employed Women for 2009 are secretaries, nurses, teachers and cashiers, in that order.
With the extensive reach of the online world, more women are now becoming their own boss and pursing their dreams as entrepreneurs.
Still, there should be a movement towards more female coders because the demand for jobs continues to increase.
STEM is abbreviated for science, technology, engineering, and math.
According to the think tank educationandcareernews.com, “STEM Childhood conditioning makes young girls feel like pursuing a career in STEM fields is unattainable, but with self-motivation and a good support system, women are more than capable of moving into a male-dominated industry.”
The informative team at code.likeagirl.io adds, “The computer science field is growing and hungry for new minds to join the tech world. In fact, according to experts at Code.org, computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the U.S. However, the number of graduating students, particularly women, in the computer science world is remarkably low.”
A fantastic group based in Australia with a similar name, codelikeagirl.org adds, “Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding.”
There are a number of passionate groups that are trying very hard to motivate young women to think about coding as a career.
One such group is appropriately called Women Who Code. At their informative site womenwhocode.com they share their vision, “We envision a world where women are proportionally represented as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers.”
Their goals are fairly expansive. Some of them are to empower with skills needed for professional achievement, educate companies to better promote, retain and hire talented women, build a global community where networking and mentorship is valued and develop role models and support this generation of engineers.
They inspire, when you become a part of Women Who Code you gain access to programs and services that are designed to help you step up your tech career. They have over 167,000 members who are career-aged tech professionals operating at each level of the industry.
If you are a female college student, you should take a peek at their about page and see their team. It is very impressive. https://www.womenwhocode.com/about
There is more good news. Ms. Lindsey Vonn is making an effort to help in this worthy cause as well.
Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team.
She has won four World Cup overall championships, one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll, with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012.
Ms. Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first one for an American woman. She has also won a record 8 World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013, 2015, 2016), 5 titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015), and 3 consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012). In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women, surpassing Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 19 globes from 1975 to 1984. She has the second highest super ranking of all skiers, men or women.
Lindsey is one of 6 women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing—downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined—and has won 82 World Cup races in her career through February 3, 2018.
There is more.
Her total of 82 World Cup victories is a women’s record, surpassing Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria who had held the record since the 1970s. Only Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden with 86 World Cup victories has more.
With her Olympic gold and bronze medals, 2 World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 and 2011), and 4 overall World Cup titles, Lindsey is the most successful American ski racer and one of the greatest of all skiers.
Now she is trying to accomplish something just as incredible by helping young girls obtain scholarships in the science, technology, engineering, and math industries.
If you desire to learn more about how you might qualify, please enjoy the following information.
Champion Skier Lindsey Vonn And Her Foundation Team Up With iD Tech Camps
To Give Young Girls Scholarships To STEM Summer Camps
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Jan 23, 2019, 10:00 ET
CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lindsey Vonn has become the greatest female skier in history not just because of uncanny athletic ability and her intense desire to succeed. Rather, it is because she studies the science of the sport, understands the technology and embraces the engineering of the equipment and the courses, and studies the math of the run times and downhill angles. In other words, she has mastered the STEM of skiing.
So it comes as no surprise that she is ready to now share her love of science, technology, engineering, and math with others. To this end, her eponymous foundation is partnering with iD Tech Camps to send young girls to iD Tech’s STEM programs this summer. Through the partnership, 20 girls ages 10-15 will receive scholarships from the Lindsey Vonn Foundation to participate in iD Tech’s Alexa Café program.
iD Tech Camps is the number one provider of summer tech experiences in the world. Inspired by iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, the company’s innovative all-girls program, called Alexa Café, blends tech, entrepreneurship, and social impact in a fresh, café-like setting.
“Alexa Café’s mission is perfectly aligned with what we strive to achieve at the Lindsey Vonn Foundation,” said Ms. Vonn. “We’re committed to engaging and inspiring girls to grow as learners, as athletes and as individuals. Which means that they need to be supported in a positive, comfortable, and constructive atmosphere. I know I could not have achieved all that I have, as a champion skier, as a female, and as a human being without such a foundation. I’m greatly impressed and encouraged by what I’ve learned about iD Tech and Alexa Café and their successful efforts in offering young girls a similar base on which to grow. Partnering with them makes perfect sense.”
Joy Meserve, chief operating officer at iD Tech Camps, echoed these sentiments, noting that given that dearth of females in the STEM fields, “we have to encourage and inspire young girls at an early age to engage in immersive and fun STEM experiences, including attending summer tech camps. This is critically important because girls’ interest in STEM peaks in middle school before dropping off due to lack of access and social factors.”
Meserve added that girls who do have access to such programs are four times as likely to major in computer science in college. Given that females make up more than 50% of the U.S. population but only 12% of computer science undergraduates, “we know that these experiences can make an enormous difference. We are proud and honored that the Lindsey Vonn Foundation has selected iD Tech Camps and our Alexa Café initiative to help achieve our mutual goals.”
Alexa Café will serve more than 13,000 girls this summer in courses that include game design, coding, artificial intelligence learning, and robotics. They do so under the tutelage of mentors and instructors from top tech companies and from such prominent universities as CalTech, Northwestern, Stanford and NYU. Those and other universities across the country serve as the hosts for both the week-long, day and overnight collaborative and innovative camp program. The Alexa Café program has proven highly successful. Since it was introduced in 2014, the number of females attending iD Tech Camps’ has more than doubled, with girls now comprising over a quarter of all iD Tech students. The company is committed to achieving 50-50 gender parity among all its campers.
Applications for the Lindsey Vonn Foundation scholarships to iD Tech’s Alexa Café program can be accessed beginning on January 15 on both the partners’ websites, www.idtech.com and lindseyvonnfoundation.org. Recipients will be notified in March and April, with the camps beginning in late June and running through the entire summer.
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