Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News
  • ‘Samvidhaan’ is Oxford Hindi Word of the Year for 2019 NEW DELHI: ‘Samvidhaan’, meaning “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organisation is acknowledged to be governed” was on Tuesday announced as...
  • Coronavirus: HK to drastically cut cross-border travel with China HONG KONG: Hong Kong will drastically reduce cross-border travel with China in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, starting with the shutdown of the two...
  • Govt brought CAA to correct historical injustice: PM NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, said that his government brought Citizenship Amendment Act to correct historical injustice and fulfil country’s old promise to minorities living in...
  • IBM India opens 2nd Automation Innovation Centre in India PUNE: Software giant IBM on Tuesday unveiled its second Automation Innovation Centre (AIC) in India at its Pune facility that will provide clients access to IBM’s capabilities for experiential demonstrations,...
  • Hemkund Sahib: Breathtaking lake holy for Sikhs & Hindus Hemkund Sahib, also known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji, is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand, India. The Gurudwara is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh...
  • 5 necessary disciplines for spiritual inquiry Mahatma Gandhi ‘What is Truth?’ A difficult question, but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the voice within tells you. How, then, you ask,...
  • Jackie Shroff in Baaghi 3 MUMBAI: Actor Tiger Shroff, is set to share the screen with his father and veteran actor Jackie Shroff for the first time in “Baaghi 3”, the makers announced. In the...
  • Soha Ali Khan: Health is my priority MUMBAI: Soha Ali Khan, says, taking care of health is number one on her priority list. “There is a saying that health is wealth, so health comes number one my...
  • Anil Kapoor debuts on TikTok MUMBAI: Actor Anil Kapoor has joined the “fun outlet for creativity” — TikTok. The “Welcome” actor is quite active on social media. He often takes to different digital platforms to...
  • 5 Overlooked Staycations in India for 2020 For both locals and international travelers alike, it is often all-too-easy to forget the stunning diversity of sights and experiences India has to offer. While the vacation hotspots of Mumbai,...

STEM girls breaking coding barriers

March 01
01:13 2016
Manasi Maheshwari launching STEM girls coding program

Manasi Maheshwari launching STEM girls coding program

FREMONT, CA: A dozen twelve-year olds crowd into a room and pull out a laptop from a cart the school provides, sitting down on their seats, ready to learn. I look over the room and feel an inescapable sense of accomplishment and hope, as these young girls have the opportunity to develop into wonderful young women-who also happen to be computer scientists.

It all began this past summer when I had the incredible opportunity to attend the selective Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at Intel with 19 other young women. There, I spent 7 weeks learning how to code in various languages like Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and more while making amazing friends and learning about the importance of bringing new voices – female voices – into the technology sector.

The teachers presented shocking statistics about the dearth of women in computer science fields, with only 0.4% of High School Computer Science students and 17% of AP Computer Science test takers being girls. Rather than being discouraged by these disappointing numbers, I became inspired to make a change and do my part in rectifying this prevailing disparity between the sexes.

As one of two Alumni Ambassadors for my Girls Who Code class, I was encouraged to spread what I learned to my community and I followed that advice. As head and instructor of my high school’s Girls Who Code program, I teach almost 20 students various kinds of computer programming, depending on their level of experience. Some use drag-and-drop syntax to complete assignments in Python, while other more experienced members create projects from scratch using JavaScript.

Even more than teaching coding, my overarching motive in leading this club is to show girls that a career in computers is something achievable (not to mention, extremely interesting!) for anyone, regardless of their gender.

Soon after the program at my high school began, I realized that there was still so much I could do to help my community, and a new idea was incepted. After contacting my sixth-grade teacher Ms. Schlobohm, elementary school principal, and Girls Who Code administration, my next initiative was set-in partnership with Girls Who Code and the school, I created a new program called STEM Girls.

At the launch of this program on February 22, over a dozen sixth-grade girls joined us for the first meeting alone, and the numbers just keep growing. In collaboration with a volunteer instructor, I strive to inspire these young girls to dream big and never be discouraged from pursuing their interests due to external factors.

My experience, first as a student and then applying my newfound knowledge as a teacher, has taught me a lot about leadership and the importance of taking risks. I no longer have qualms with speaking in front of crowds, whether they consist of peers or parents, and I really enjoy sharing everything I’ve learned with so many new people. I’m grateful for the chance to make a difference and am excited for the future expansion of these initiatives to reach even more students across Fremont.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Girls is a coding program that imparts programming skills to young middle school girls and encourages them to explore computer science as a career choice.

Manasi Maheshwari is an American High School, Fremont, California student and is the program founder at Ardenwood School and aims to start many more such chapters in 2016.

Manasi Maheshwari

Comments

comments

Related Articles

Polls

Can Modi Govt. resettle Kashmiri Pandits to Valley?

  • Yes (55%, 250 Votes)
  • No (45%, 201 Votes)

Total Voters: 451

Loading ... Loading ...

E-paper Latest Edition

Subscribe to our Digital Edition

Epaper

ADVERTISEMENT – Mountain House

Mounatin House

ADVERTISEMENT – Star Tours

Star Tours

ADVERTISEMENT – INKASA INTERIORS

Inkasa Interiors | Interior Designer in Delhi

50 SPIRITUAL APPETIZERS – VINOD DHAWAN

50-ad-Indiapost

It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

ADVERTISEMENT – JOBSORA- FIND A JOB NOW!

Jobsora Jobs

Follow us On Twitter

US Kids Indian Championship to start from Wednesday - https://t.co/vrUCbrBKre Get your news featured use #IndiaPostUSA
h J R
@Indiapost_News
'#Samvidhaan' is Oxford Hindi Word of the Year for 2019 - https://t.co/9lLTW5g3YY Get your news featured use… https://t.co/wInSmaijTB
h J R
@Indiapost_News
#Coronavirus: HK to drastically cut cross-border travel with #China - https://t.co/ubqgKB5niZ Get your news featur… https://t.co/SR53ILXaGr
h J R
@Indiapost_News
Govt brought #CAA to correct historical injustice: PM - https://t.co/vxPwiKlviX Get your news featured use… https://t.co/Jr36vsoOQ8
h J R
@Indiapost_News

POPULAR CATEGORIES

Facebook

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email

Download Media Kit

India Post Media Kit