But they weren't doing research or tweeting. This was about coding.
All 209 students and their teachers at
Adamczyk was behind bringing "Hour of Code" to the all-girls school, where the students were among 15 million nationwide who took part in the hour-long coding lessons last week.
The point Adamczyk hoped to get across: Coding can be fun. It can be cool, and it isn't just for boys.
It's a message we're somehow failing to get across to many girls.
Despite huge growth in computer science jobs, the number of women entering the field is dismayingly small. And here's the worst part: It's getting worse.
The percentage of women in computer jobs peaked in 1990 and has slowly declined since, the
That's astounding, given the incredible reach computers have had into our lives. Today's coders are this generation's wunderkinds. They've built companies and created products that have changed society.
Put simply, geek is chic. But sadly, it's still not chic to many girls.
In 1999, the movie "Office Space" painted software jobs ahead of the new millennium as mind-numbing work that locked employees into desk drudgery. A decade later, "The Social Network" portrayed the founders of
Pop culture has few female hackers; the cool but disturbed
Exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics may be key to enticing girls into these fields. Like anything, they've got to discover what it's all about before they'll know if they'll like it. A study by the
Computer science, Adamczyk said, is "kind of like a big black box" for many young people.
"Girls will go into medicine and the other sciences because it's taught, they get exposed to it," Adamczyk said. "But I think that there aren't enough schools that actually teach coding, so the girls don't know about it."
Adamczyk hopes to change that. At
Last week's "Hour of Code" event opened with a video featuring
The video ended with this quote from hip-hop icon will.i.am: "Great coders are today's rock stars."
Tomorrow's women need to be on that stage, too.
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