Google introduces Made with Code initiative

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Google inspires girls to code

Google has launched a Made with Code program to encourage more girls to take interest in computer science at a younger age.

The initiative will work to demonstrate how coding is a useful skill to develop and own, regardless of what industry a person wants to work in. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Youtube, said: "No matter what a girl dreams of doing, learning how to code will help her get there. Their future - our future - is made with code. Let's do what we can to make sure that future is as bright as possible."

The Made with Code program is set to include:

Introductory coding projects such as designing 3D printed bracelets, creating animated GIFs and building beats for music tracks

  • Collaborations with institutions to introduce the initiative to girls and encourage them to carry out coding experiences
  • $50 million to support organisations and reward teachers helping to get more females into computer science

Google and Codecademy collaboration

The New York-based start-up Codecademy is teaming up with Google and online charity DonorsChoose to get more girls interested in computer science. Google has pledged $1 million to their cause, where every student who completes a Codecademy gets a $ 125 reward. Teachers who encourage students to take their courses are also given $500 for classroom resources every time 4 students complete the units.

A number of other organisations are also getting involved in the drive to inspire girls to code, including Girls Inc, SevenTeen and TechCrunch.

Adrian Mursec, head of development at theEword, said: "With fewer females then males in computer science, such schemes as Made with Code are important for raising awareness, boosting interest and providing people with the support they need for a career in computer science."