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Category Archive: Girls in STEM

  • Alexa Café: Something Magical is Happening Here

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Alexa Café, our new all-girls tech program, held at Palo Alto High School! I have been writing about Alexa Café since the idea for the program was initially conceived, so naturally, I was extremely excited to see how the real thing compared to the version I have been envisioning [...]

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  • Girls’ Scholarship Spotlight: Annabelle Traveled from CA to AZ to Pursue Tech

    Earlier this year, we ran a scholarship campaign that enabled more than 160 girls to attend iD Tech Camps–our flagship, co-ed, summer tech program for ages 7-17–for free. The initiative was designed to engage more girls in technology, given that over 50% of the U.S. population is female, yet only 14% of computer science majors [...]

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  • Unlimited Creativity: Google’s “Made with Code” Is a Hit with Girls

    In an effort to inspire the next generation of female coders, Google has launched “Made with Code,” an online campaign and learning platform for girls. Designed to highlight the endless creative possibilities of coding, Made with Code features projects such as 3D bracelet design (with free printing and shipping by Shapeways), 2D character design, GIF [...]

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  • iD Tech Alumna Feat. in New York Times: Rebecca G. Inspires Girls to Code

    We hear the statistic all the time–over half the U.S. population is female, yet only 14% of Computer Science undergrads are female. So, what’s the secret? How do we get more girls interested in coding? Furthermore, why should we? It’s a topic that has sparked international discussion and debate over the past year or so, [...]

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  • Using STEM for Good? San Jose Area Girls Know What’s Up!

    We came across a great interview with Claire Kunkle, graduate student at Santa Clara University and VP of the campus’ Society of Women Engineers. Recently, Claire and her peers gathered dozens of South Bay high school girls for an incredible juxtaposition of technology and philanthropy–the girls engineered real prosthetic hands for amputees around the world. The event was [...]

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  • Equality is Eggcellent: Just In Time for Easter, Progressive Toymaker ‘GoldieBlox’ Releases New Video

    Those of us who were around in the 80′s probably remember the DARE anti-drug commercial featuring the cracked egg in the frying pan and the foreboding “this is your brain on drugs” messaging. Flash forward to 2014–progressive toymaker GoldieBlox has given the famous ad a new spin. According to the the witty GoldieBlox crew, who [...]

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  • Attention Girls: Win a Free Week at iD Tech Camps this Summer!

    Females currently make up over 50% of the U.S. population, yet only 14% of Computer Science undergrads are women. To bridge the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), we are offering over 100 iD Tech Camps Scholarships for girls this summer! Girls–there will be MILLIONS of open STEM jobs by the year 2020. [...]

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  • #banbossy: A Movement to Empower Girls to Lead, Sans Namecalling

    There’s a new girls’ movement in town called “Ban Bossy.” Designed to empower girls to become leaders, the initiative is supported by some seriously awesome, powerful women. We’re talking Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. First Lady Michelle Obama. Beyonce. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Actresses Jayne Lynch and Jennifer Garner. The Girl Scouts. The list goes [...]

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  • Going Global: TechGirls at iD Tech Camps held at Towson

    Last summer, we had the privilege of hosting students from TechGirls, an exchange program that empowers girls in the Arab regions to pursue higher education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  The girls attended iD Tech Camps held at Towson University, engaging in subjects like programming, app development, video game design, web [...]

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  • Inspirational 16-Year-Old Ann Makosinski Invents Body-Heat-Operated Flashlight

    Recently, major news sites and blogs have been raving about Ann Makosinski, the brilliant 16-year-old who invented a body-heat-operated flashlight. Read the full article over at People.com. According to People.com, “two years ago, Makosinski was inspired by a friend in the Philippines who didn’t have electricity – the girl told Ann she couldn’t complete her [...]

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