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Way to code: adult coding groups driving an upskilling revolution

PyLadies also addresses issues that women face within a male-dominated industry and provides a judgment-free and competition-free atmosphere for them to learn and grow. The effect on the larger Python community is visible in the numbers. Female attendance at the annual PyCon US conference in California in 2012 reached 11pc – the first time the figure had broken into double digits. This year, PyCon US 2013 had more than 20pc female attendance, and the number of female speakers matched that.

[ via Silicon Republic ]

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Square launches Code Camp aimed at high school girls

The first time around the company offered one, three-day program for a total of fifteen winners, but Square is now splitting the program up into two parts: it is still offering the shorter program for college-age women (now a four-day long program offered to twenty winners) but also a new, eight-month long program aimed at high school girls, the company announced Wednesday.

[ via Vator News ]

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Looking to the Stars for STEM-Learning Inspiration

So I was delighted when, earlier this year, my friend who works at Warner Bros. Pictures told me about an upcoming film starring Sandra Bullock as an engineer in the Sci-Fi film, Gravity, opening October 4. How perfect, I thought, to illuminate the power of STEM education by combining a strong female role model playing an engineer (Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission), with the natural wonder and awe that comes from images of outer space. Fresh out of the Venice Film Festival, Gravity is getting rave reviews.

[ via Wired ]

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Why First-Year STEM Girls Attend Women’s Colleges

Smith College is unique because it is an all-women’s liberal arts school that also has an engineering major… I had several reasons for choosing Smith College. One was the STRIDE program Smith has, which allows freshmen and sophomores to work on a research project with a professor as part of a work-study program. I know that will be an amazing opportunity for me.

[ via The Huffington Post ]

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Can Boys And Girls Learn Better Together?

Contrary to what the statistics for females in engineering in college and the workforce might suggest, girls do like engineering when they’ve have the chance to build and take things apart. Generation STEM, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, shares that girls do like to learn how things work. They also want to help people and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, not enough girls understand how engineering can help them achieve their goals. And, not enough girls have someone to encourage them to become an engineer.

[ via The Huffington Post ]

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The STEM Gender Gap

The number of girls and women studying the sciences has steadily increased each year, but there is still a gender gap in higher education and the work force. Researchers Andresse St. Rose and Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Linda Kekelis, executive director of Techbridge, discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to this disparity.

[ via NPR ]