High School Coders Head To The Hill
Only 15% of female students in the DC area are interested in pursuing a STEM career. So 20 future coders descended on Capitol Hill this week to raise awareness among lawmakers, including Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, about the importance of STEM education and getting more girls and women into software coding. The group is posing with event sponsor BSA | The Software Alliance President/CEO Victoria Espinel (in red).
The girls, taking a selfie with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, were from high schools in the DC area, participating in Girls Who Code, a national computer science program that runs seven weeks and teaches them skills in everything from robotics to mobile app development to HTML. The group also met with Rep. Suzan DelBene.