UPDATED 4/18/19: Added the link to Small Basic and the list of unique features.
Microsoft has partnered with IGNITE Worldwide to teach over 1,000 girls how to code each year, at workshops at Microsoft campuses and at schools. We seek to systematically work through every school and teach every girl how to code. No girl left behind.
IGNITE Worldwide exists to equip and encourage girls to go into STEM fields. They are an international organization, with a presence in Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Uruguay. They seek to impact girls and change lives around the entire globe!
But does this work? Are girls learning how to code? Yes! We’ve taught over 1K girls how to code, each year. They all enjoy it, and almost all go on to learn more coding. (Some teachers were shocked to see how well it works.) As you can expect (from a Small Basic blog), we use Small Basic to teach the girls. It's the only text-based language and IDE built for this purpose. See http://aka.ms/Unique for all the details. And get started with Small Basic here:
Before participating in these workshops, schools have 5-20% girls in their CS classes (when applicable). After participating in these workshops for a year, those schools grow to become 60% girls in their CS classes! The girls become the majority.
The best way to understand the impact these events have on the girls is to listen to the girls. We’ve taught over 3K girls using these methods.
Here are their words:
There you go! You can find hundreds of these quotes in the event information blogs:
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