- “I used to want to be a marine biologist or run a dog hotel .. Now I know that girls can do anything a guy can do, and I want a job in technology.”
— CodeEd Student Taiya Edwards, Age 12 Forbes Magazine
- Who are we?
- CodeEd is a non-profit that teaches computer science to girls in underserved communities, starting in middle school.
- Started in 2010, we train volunteer teachers with technical backgrounds, provide them with curriculum, support and computers, and match them with our education partners.
- Why are we teaching underserved girls how to code?
- Only 18% of computer science majors in 2008 were women. That number has declined by over 50% in the past 20 years, and in 2008, only 7% of middle school girls thought that computer engineering would be a desirable career. For low income students, the numbers even more discouraging. Just 30 in every 10,000 low-income 9th grade students go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, and only one of those students will start graduate school in a STEM field immediately after graduation. Meanwhile, K-12 computer science education offerings decreased 35% from 2005 to 2009.
- These trends are especially concerning in light of the opportunities available to those with a computer science education. Computer science occupations are projected to account for nearly two-thirds of all job growth between now and 2020. As Marc Andreesen would say, software is eating the world.
- Given the unique opportunities available to those who know how to program, we see it as crucially important for a just society to give underserved women the opportunity to participate in the transforming economy.
- Where are we teaching?
Our curriculum and course material is made available for free under a Creative Commons Attribution license.