Presentation High School Tackles the Gender Gap

Presentation High School Tackles the Gender Gap

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A new club at Presentation High School, Girls Who Code meets weekly to learn basic computer programming to inspire and educate girls of the 21st century to pursue computer science fields.
A new club at Presentation High School, Girls Who Code meets weekly to learn basic computer programming to inspire and educate girls of the 21st century to pursue computer science fields.
A new club at Presentation High School, Girls Who Code meets weekly to learn basic computer programming to inspire and educate girls of the 21st century to pursue computer science fields.

By Emma Dessau ‘16

Taking on the gender gap in computer science is no simple task. But a new club on the Presentation High School campus is aiming to do just that. Girls Who Code is sponsored by girlswhocode.org, an organization whose mission is to inspire and educate girls of the 21st century to pursue computer science fields. In fact, Girls Who Code meets weekly to learn basic computer programming. Electrical engineer Yuan Yuan Sun, who has worked at companies such as nVidia, Tensilica, and Teralogic, serves as the instructor. This year, Sun is teaching club members basic computer programming and introducing them to JavaScript.

In addition to weekly programming, the club also provided students with the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, ranging from Presentation alumnae in the industry to representatives from Intel and Hoopla Software. In March, the members of Girls Who Code even had the opportunity to attend a special event at Google called “Made with Code,” where they were able to code with a new Google app. Annette Chu ‘16 said, “This program is amazing because it introduces students to the wide range of opportunities that come with exploring computer science.”

Adrienne Renner, the club’s moderator, reports that this first year is already inspiring girls to seek out careers in technology.She says, “Our students are becoming more interested in the field of computer science. Consequently, our enrollment has increased in our Intro to Java and AP Computer Science classes.” By encouraging young women today, Girls Who Code is already building tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

To learn more about Presentation High School, visit www.presentationhs.org.