Morgan State University’s coding camp for girls focused on teaching the campers the Python programming language, and each week they focused on a different aspect of the code. (Courtesy Photo)
Since 1970, the number of women working in STEM fields has increased from 8% to 27%, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, they still lag behind their male counterparts who make up 73% of the STEM workforce. The gap is even more staggering for women in engineering and computer science positions, which make up the majority of STEM occupations. One reason for this disparity is the lack of educational opportunities for women who are interested in STEM.
Morgan State University (MSU) is addressing this gap with its summer coding camp by giving young girls the chance to break into the computer science field of STEM.
“We designed it to be an all-female coding camp because we are adamant about giving opportunities to underserved and underrepresented students,” said Katrina Robinson, professional development manager at MSU. “We all know we need more females in STEM, and we certainly need more females in computer sciences.”