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Girls Who Code breaking gender barriers in male dominated field

Leading the way for Girls Who Code, Ms. Paige Burton demonstrates concepts at a recent m meeting. Photo by Jaden Minor

          A club is currently being formed here at BCHS that goes by the name of “Girls Who Code”, run by science and mathe teacher Ms. Paige Burton and Mrs. Amy Oliver from the Junior High. Girls Who Code is potentially a way to break the sex barrier in the various coding fields which are predominantly male. The first meeting for the club will be on the second of October, following Cool Coding Week.

          Girls Who Code will be open to girls from fifth to twelfth grade who are interested in what coding is all about and whom want to partake in more technological based activities. The concept for Girls Who Code is to pull people who want to break the sex barrier between males and females in the plethora of tech-based fields, and give women in the BC school system more career opportunities.

     “They [Girls Who Code] have two missions: one is to close the gender gap in technology,” Ms. Burton said, “and the other is to equip girls with computing skills so they can get 21st century skills and pursue a career in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math]  field.”

          Hopefully over time Girls Who Code will develop into a club paving a way for more opportunities in the various tech fields for women in Brown County. From intermediate to high school, plenty of girls will be able to come in and learn all about what it takes to code, handle, and operate various technologies.  “I would love to see that we have high school students who’ve maybe been in the program for a year or so mentoring fifth and sixth grade girls what they can do when they become seniors, and the things they can achieve,” Ms. Burton said

Leading the way for Girls Who Code, Ms. Paige Burton demonstrates concepts at a recent m meeting. Photo by Jaden Minor

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