School’s out, but summer ain’t just about patios and beach days if Cornell NYC Tech has anything to do with it. They’ve just teamed up with nonprofit Girls Who Code to launch the first Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, an 8-week intensive computer science course for tech-loving middle school girls.
From July 8th through August 30th, 20 students will receive 300 hours of mentorship and hands-on training in “incomputing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design,” according to a statement released today. The program will take place on Roosevelt Island, the location of Cornell NYC Tech’s future campus.
With studies showing that fewer and fewer girls are pursuing diplomas and degrees in tech—twice as many boys as girls took this year’s AP tech exam in New York City—the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program couldn’t be more timely. With girls representing only a quarter of the students in the city’s top public school tech programs, this new summer initiative will hopefully help young girls comfortably find their place in a field that’s currently dominated by men.
“Cornell Tech was founded in part to increase the pipeline of tech talent in New York, and we can only be successful if there is a dramatic increase in the number of women pursuing these fields,” Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher said in a statement. “We are thrilled not only to partner with Girls Who Code but to work together on a pilot program that will reach middle school students.”
Girls Who Code’s aim is to provide computer science education to a million young women by 2020. Their ultimate goal is to achieve complete gender equality in the field of computing.
“Inspiring girls to pursue careers in technology and equipping them with the skills to succeed cannot start early enough,” Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani said in a statement. “The young women of the Cornell Tech Summer Immersion Program —our first-ever class of middle schoolers—will be our future engineers, entrepreneurs, and change agents. This partnership marks an important step forward in expanding our efforts to empower young women across the country.”