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Girls Who Code and the Importance of STEM

Posted by Laura Willson

Jul 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that the fastest growing jobs in the world are those that require deep educational qualifications and specific skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  I was first introduced to STEM and its importance from my guidance counselor who told me and the other girls in my class about the New York City program Girls Who Code (GWC) at the end of my sophomore year of high school.  I had no idea what Computer Science was but I wanted to challenge myself and try something new; I wanted exposure to a new world.

After applying and being accepted to GWC, I attended the eight week summer immersion program where I learned how to code in various languages, such as JavaScript, Python, C, CSS, JQuery, and HTML. I also met many professionals, learned how to communicate with them, and went on various field trips, some of which included Google, Twitter, and Palantir.

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