IIT's computer discovery program gives girls hands on STEM experience they miss in school
While diversity numbers released by major companies such as Facebook and Google show there is still a ways to go in diversifying the tech workforce, a summer camp at Illinois Institute of Technology has been quietly bringing more women into the STEM pipeline for the past five years. The Computer Discovery Camp at IIT, run by computer science professor Vida Winans, has been around since the summer of 2010 introducing and encouraging middle school girls to pursue STEM interests through coding, robotics, and engineering. Winans hopes that maintaining initiatives like these can offer girls the encouragement and extra skills they can't get elsewhere, changing the gender ratio one 7th and 8th grader at a time.
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