Your web browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, this website – it’s all made with code. Coding is what makes it possible for us to swipe our debit cards to make a purchase, post a tweet to our followers, and drive our cars to work. But what is code? - Code is a precise set of instructions a computer can understand. More importantly, what does code do? - Coding helps build a pipeline for future female engineers to change the world.
Meet Nerdy Girls.
Parker and Greta, from Ellensburg, WA set out to forge a new path for girls into the “male dominated” world of robotics. They spent nearly two years researching and developing their own program to help girls become master robot trainers. On January 13, 2017, a revolution was born.
Nerdy Girls is carving out a new culture for teenage girls in Kittitas county. They host weekly meetups, or as they like to call “Friday night robot-building parties,” where Girl Scouts gather, gain knowledge, and gear-up to transform the tech industry, one female at a time.
They’re here to show the world there’s power in every G.I.R.L.:
G. In an effort to create as many paths as possible for girls in STEM - rural areas in particular - they create their own YouTube tutorials to teach others how to develop computer programming skills. This way, girls around the globe can join the movement at their own pace and in the comfort of their own environments. They’re aggressive in their thirst for accessibility. They’re GO-GETTERS.
I. Nerdy Girls is youth-led and youth-driven. They seek out their own mentorship when available, use their resources wisely when necessary (the Internet), and get down-and-dirty in the books when they have limited access to expert help. They use their creativity to get what they need, when they need it. They’re INNOVATORS.
R. Research shows that fewer than one in five computer science graduates are women. And, it’s getting worse. According to Girls Who Code – in 1994, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. If we do nothing, in ten years the number of women in computing will decrease to 22%. As females, the odds are stacked. up. against. us. Does that discourage Nerdy Girls? Nope. “Girls will never be motivated to develop computer programming skills unless there is a culture to support it,” they claim in their Engineering Notebook. “We don’t buy the idea that girls are ‘just not interested’ in tech and that the gender gap is a reflection of some innate biological difference.” They strive to foster a culture that supports and encourages girls to break down barriers. They’re RISK-TAKERS.
L. These powerful women aim to ensure that every. single. member. of their team gets an active experience in leading them to the finish line. In fact, if you attend one of their competitions, you’ll never see the same team framework twice – because they believe in equal access to every role. Each girl gets the chance to take the reins in building, coding, and driving a computer-programmed robot. They’re confident, responsible, and committed to personal development. They’re LEADERS.
There you have it - they’re G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders).™ These traits define girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is the Girl Scout DNA.