As our world advances technologically, more and more jobs rely on computers. However, women earn just 18% of undergraduate degrees awarded for computer science. Females have the chance to influence the future of our society, yet so few of them are working in the technology sector.
This year, two new clubs, Girls Who Code and Technovation, provide the opportunity for middle school girls to learn key concepts in computer science, as well as provide an opportunity to collaborate, be creative, and build critical thinking skills.
Currently, our Technovation teams are developing mobile phone apps that help foreigners living in Korea. The girls are learning entrepreneurial skills and navigating the challenges of starting a company. They will be entering their apps in a global competition with a top prize of $10,000 to use towards the development of the app. Regardless of the outcome, we are excited for the girls to have the opportunity to learn and develop skills not just in computer science, but skills that will help them in all their future endeavors.