Girl code just took on a whole new meaning! Just when you thought the world of computer coding was limited to your geeky, pocket-protector-wearing male classmates, Google created their new program “Made With Code” to change that perception. The search engine behemoth has invested $50 million over the next three years in programs, like “Made With Code,” that aim to get young girls interested in learning how to code.
“Made With Code,” which already has a list of impressive partners — Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, Girl Scouts of The USA and Girls, Inc., to name a few. And backers will provide resources to girls through a website that features regional tech event announcements, projects to practice code and virtual communities that allow tech discussions and exchanges.
Some of the projects that girls can get into on “Made With Code” include Blockly-based coding, music production and GIF creation. Along with the program, Google plans on rewarding teachers who encourage girls to take computer science courses on CodeAcademy or Khan Academy. But, they also want young girls to be more exposed to role models in media. The “Made With Code” website features video interviews with female tech innovators who are blazing the trail, and Google will work with the Science and Entertainment Exchange to ensure that more female engineer characters are depicted on the big screen.
Google’s efforts and its “Code” program stem from its mission to close the gender gap in the male-dominated tech industry. According to one study, men hold 75 percent of the 2 million computing-based jobs nationwide, while women make up less than 16 percent of Computer Science college graduates. “I think coding is cool, but most girls don’t,” actress Mindy Kaling said at the “Made With Code” launch event. “Less than 1 percent of high school girls see computer science as part of their future. “Made with Code” lets girls see coding not just as something they can do, but something they’d love to do.” According to Google’s own study, a young girl’s exposure to computer science before she goes to college will make her more likely to pursue tech as a career option.
I’m personally super excited that Google wants more women in the tech industry and are executing concrete plans to get them interested. I can vividly remember dreading math and science while I was in middle school, but spending hours on the computer after school. Technology is involved in nearly every aspect of our lives, from dating to beauty, and teaching girls how to take advantage of technology for their own personal (maybe even financial) benefit is extraordinary. Hopefully, this initiative will attract more Black girls to the wonderful world of coding.
After all, we already have a few amazing women, like Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant, that girls can looks up, so why not invest in young women who’ll continue the innovation?
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Computer Love: A Single Girl's Guide To Flirting Online
1. We Found Love In A Digital Place
Online dating is now the second-most common way couples meet! 30 to 40 percent of singles are out here in these streets trying out 1,500 + dating sites and apps. So if you're single and don't want to be, stop shunning digital dating! But to avoid spending all your time clicking aimlessly, you need a game plan. And guess who's got your back? I do!
2. Keep Things Light
Flirting or dating, you're not getting married. Keep things light and not-so-serious. Don’t talk about anything that could lead to a serious discussion, unless you’re willing to curb your flirting to talk about the debt ceiling, rape culture or the new #BeBossy campaign. Flirt and have fun.
3. Be The Prize
If a guy posts pics of himself that are obviously trying to turn you on, do the opposite of every thirst bucket that tells them they're hot and bust his chops, but in a cute way. Say something like, "So I guess you're hoping to get a few more emails to boost your ego from that new pic, huh?" Oh and use a smiley. You're automatically in a different category, you're witty and interesting. Winning!
4. Don't Be Lovey Dovey
We all know you're online looking for love. You don't have to broadcast it. This could end flirting pretty quickly if the other person thinks you're moving too fast into love-filled language. Avoid blurting out "I love you" on the basis of several emails and one profile pic. Keep your warm fuzzies in check. It's okay to tell them you think they're lovely, fascinating and beautiful, but avoid the "L" word.
5. Be Yourself
Flirting isn’t any fun when you’re struggling to maintain a made-up persona, so do yourself a favor and just be yourself! The whole purpose is to take this relationship offline and into the real world. Flirting online grants you the time to be able to plan your responses--don't do that. You don't want the other person to fall in love with an idea of you.
6. Avoid M-Words Like...
"Motherhood," "Marriage" and "Monogamy." Listen, while all these things are wonderful, you don't want to scare your potential mate away by bringing up subjects that require a greater level of commitment than online dating and flirting requires. These are flirt-killing words! Remember you're online--you still have to find out if he's a "Catfish" or nah!
7. Stand Out From The Crowd
Look for ways to set yourself apart from every other person looking for love online. Think carefully about how you summarize yourself in the profile and with your photos. Pull out the most interesting and true things about yourself to put on your profile. I love seeing lists of random things people like: 1. I skip on Saturdays 2. I only eat the cream in Oreos 3. I never miss an episode of "Scandal." Try that!
8. Don't Snap
Men will be men and they will take things way too far. It's ok to be upset with them when they do so, but don't go off on the poor fool. You may want to tell him that he's crossed the line, but avoid cursing him out, using every profanity you've ever learned, caps and exclamation points.