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Girls Teaching Girls To Code

Winning idea by heidi.j.wang

The Idea

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Over a weekend, 30 Stanford and Cal women in Computer Science will teach 100 Bay Area high school girls to code, giving them confidence that they can code and inspiring them to pursue careers in CS. The event will spark collaboration and mentorship which will last through high school and beyond.

The Specifics: What will the $2,500 fund?

30 mentors will teach 100 high school students at 2 locations (Oakland and East Palo Alto). $1300 will be used for renting space and computers ($650 per location), $1000 will be used for lunch and snacks ($500 per location), and $200 will be used to produce curriculum packets and other materials.

Discussion
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Thank you, awesome idea!
My high school daughter would love the opportunity. Do you plan to expand the program to other states? Airfare and fees for the program could be paid by the applicant. We do not have any programs like this in Illinois.

by jhen9945
over 1 year ago | Reply

Congratulations from Project A.L.O.E! It's a great idea and we wish you all the best!

by jumoke
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Congrats from Project A.L.O.E!

by jumoke
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Congrats on winning the grant!

by shesthefirst
almost 2 years ago | Reply

sounds great!! good luck!!!!

by maria.jun.56
almost 2 years ago | Reply

That's such a great idea! Never let girls doubt their abilities. We should all be able to reach for our goals. :) Thanks for helping make dreams come true!

by tliou
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This sounds awesome, Heidi! I, too, wish this had been around when I was in high school. :)

by slarson111
almost 2 years ago | Reply

What a great idea, Heidi! Good luck with this first venture and beyond

by colindaw
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I wish this was around when I was in high school! Great idea!

by lisaventura111
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I really like this idea! as a girl coder who's worked in the bay area, I can definitely tell you that more of us would be good for the tech industry. :P

by danika.suggs
almost 2 years ago | Reply

great idea!

by ijuang
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a terrific idea, Heidi. Mentors have a good track record for encouraging young people, and the gender specificity of this is great. You have the skills to pull this idea off, too. Good luck!

by scott.anderson
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a wonderful idea! I have no doubt that you can inspire girls to enjoy coding. Let me know if there is anything we can help with.

by orit.shaer
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a fabulous idea, Heidi. Let me know if you need any resources from the Wellesley CS dept. to make your idea come to fruition!

by franklyn.turbak
almost 2 years ago | Reply

woohooooo coding like a gir!!

by ellen.bechtel
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great idea!

by ffwang2
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great idea!

by ffwang2
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is an amazing idea! I'm currently studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Cal and I would love to get involved. Please let me know how I can help!!

by chloh
almost 2 years ago | Reply

SO GREAT!! :D

by anikiki
almost 2 years ago | Reply

SO GREAT!! :D

by anikiki
almost 2 years ago | Reply

SO GREAT!! :D

by anikiki
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a FANTASTIC idea! Wish I could have done it in high school.

by tmarc114
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I LOVE this idea!!!!

by tfeng0
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Awesome idea!! We definitely need more women in the computer science field! Love it!

by joanna.poget
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Heidi! I think this is an awesome idea. I work for a tech company in Palo Alto and I'm pretty sure our Women in Tech group would love to get involved in this somehow... is there any way I can contact you?

Thanks!

by sparas
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks for your interest! We can start by connecting on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/heidi-wang/14/952/538) and then go from there. Hope to hear from you soon!

by heidi.j.wang
almost 2 years ago | Reply

cool idea. unclear on whether you already have prospective mentors lined up. if not, should consider reaching out to female startup founders. i bet a bunch would be open to helping, and many of them have inspiring stories

by goodcauses
about 2 years ago | Reply

There has been a lot of interest from women in the Stanford community around teaching at the event. It would be awesome to see female startup founders (like Jessica at Getaround!) make a guest appearance. Thanks for the suggestion!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

Suggest you try for local sponsors for space and computers. As for printing, probably better off with minimal print marketing piece and substance on a flash drive take away. All those employers at The Farm likely to jump at the chance to sponsor food etc.
If there is a Key Club at the high schools you should contact its President to promote and assist you locating HS Girls. Key Club is an International social service club affiliated with Kiwanis International.. Good Luck.

by harvey.s.jacobs
about 2 years ago | Reply

Definitely looking into connecting with local sponsors. Great ideas!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

What a great idea & I love the video! I've highlighted your idea @ http://www.dayofthetechgirl.org/act.html. Good luck & keep me posted, so I can update Teen Tech Girl followers!

by kimxtom
about 2 years ago | Reply

Wow thank you for sharing the link! Great website!

by hwanggetaround
about 2 years ago | Reply

Wonderful idea Heidi! All the best from Wellesley and good luck!

by bube_r
about 2 years ago | Reply

I wish I saw this when I was in high school haha

by ziye.an
about 2 years ago | Reply

The video is spot-on. We need to help show that the ratio isn't as bad as it might seem. Sites like Women 2.0 and Change the Ratio are moving the bar forward, but events like this can really get straight to young people. What a great idea!

by avery.lewis
about 2 years ago | Reply

Awesome. I will role enroll Isabel when she hits high school in a couple of years!

by mharnett
about 2 years ago | Reply

Congrats Heidi!! Great idea!

by meg.murray
about 2 years ago | Reply

Love this idea! I'm tired of seeing apps/ websites/ games/ user interfaces that clearly look like they were designed by dudes!

by sherenec
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is such a great idea! Would've definitely loved this as a high schooler. :)

by watsuen
about 2 years ago | Reply

Awesome! I love your idea and I am glad it is possible to carry out the plan through GOOD! It is so important for people especially girls(women) to step out the comfort zone and stereotype that woman are only good at certain stuff... Personally it took me a long time to realize that I have the potential. Somehow I felt I realized it too late. I wish I had mentor like this when I was in high school!!!

by explorer8103
about 2 years ago | Reply

great idea, Heidi, and a model that women in CS programs at other schools can follow as well!

by ellen.hildreth
about 2 years ago | Reply

A wonderful idea. As a engineering manager for two decades, I always found women software engineers are as strong as, if not stronger than their male peers. Unfortunately, there are not enough women going into this field. I believe that the lack of early exposure is the primary reason. We need more women engineers inspiring others to join them. Paul Chan (retired VP of Engineering, VMware)

by paul.kc.5
about 2 years ago | Reply

I was definitely one of those girls who assumed everything that you said about CS. I have yet to take a CS class, but hopefully in the near future I will have the chance to. This idea hits home in my personal life because in high school we had majors and the computer science majors were all boys except for two girls. That major was known for being dominated by men and it really dissuaded most girls from even considering CS as a major. This is a great way to get more girls interested in engineering and hopefully more people will be inspired by this program and have similar ones all over the country. The world needs more innovators.

by annie.deng.94
about 2 years ago | Reply

Awesome idea! Would love to see more CS interest generated among gals!

by reeta.banerjee
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is such a great idea- we very much need more women to join the technical fields.

by eg41
about 2 years ago | Reply

What a fabulous idea! Giving these highschool girls the knowledge gives them the power to achieve more and aim for careers that may be more male dominated. In a world that is completely surrounded by technology this would definitely empower growing girls!

by Hotdiggity
about 2 years ago | Reply

I think this is a GREAT idea and will have a big impact! Maybe there could be iterations of the same idea, and bringing back "graduates" of the program to help out in the workshop in subsequent years. Awesome video too.

by slee3
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love the idea of having the students come back as teachers!! Pay it forward :)

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

Found this through a friend. Good luck!

by dhsieh2
about 2 years ago | Reply

I think this is a great idea and if it doesn't win on here for some reason, I really hope you keep looking for other ways to make it happen. :)

by benglert
about 2 years ago | Reply

this is SUCH a good idea. wish i had a similar resource in high school.

by wananie
about 2 years ago | Reply

A very powerfully motivated idea with an adorable video!! I was definitely one of those girls that assumed all three of the points you've listed, took my first CS class in my sophomore year of college, and am now majoring. I deeply regret not being exposed to CS sooner; even though AP Computer Science was offered at my high school, it never seemed appealing and I always heard my classmates complain about the way it was taught and all the boring homework they had. At the time, I thought I made the right decision in not registering for AP Computer Science. Now, I realize that it's probably because we must change the way computer science is taught to students; there needs to be more emphasis on innovation, creativity, collaboration and inspiration. I think this project would be the perfect opportunity to change the minds of all those girls that had the same assumptions I held at one point--with Heidi's idea, $2,500 and a weekend could just change so many lives. :)

by rinakay
about 2 years ago | Reply

Your story is very similar to mine (and so many of my classmantes!) Thanks so much for sharing--it reaffirms everything I've been working on!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love the idea Heidi! However, $10 per student for lunches and snacks for over a week might not be enough? Perhaps you can provide snacks that will be equivalent of $10 per student, but either get another sponsor or encourages students to bring their own lunches. Or, schedule it at a time that doesn't involve mealtime to cut costs. Also, printing is expensive even if you get a deal (think: colored images, diagrams, etc, and costs for binding the packets) so $200 will have to be used very wisely. If you provide them with electronic versions, that might give them an option of 1. studying the material ahead of class to prepare more, 2. cutting costs, 3. saving paper.
Just some suggestions- but I absolutely LOVE the idea!

by siruisly
about 2 years ago | Reply

Wow, thanks for the thorough budget analysis and helpful hints!! I really like the idea of using electronic curriculum packets.

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love the idea Heidi! However, $10 per student for lunches and snacks for over a week might not be enough? Perhaps you can provide snacks that will be equivalent of $10 per student, but either get another sponsor or encourages students to bring their own lunches. Or, schedule it at a time that doesn't involve mealtime to cut costs. Also, printing is expensive even if you get a deal (think: colored images, diagrams, etc, and costs for binding the packets) so $200 will have to be used very wisely. If you provide them with electronic versions, that might give them an option of 1. studying the material ahead of class to prepare more, 2. cutting costs, 3. saving paper.
Just some suggestions- but I absolutely LOVE the idea!

by siruisly
about 2 years ago | Reply

Love the thought, love the video, definitely voting for this one.

by lling
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks for the support!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

I wish I had something like this when i was in high school so I could learn more about the opportunities in the CS industry and about coding, instead of just assuming things. CS is so useful and there is so many fun things to learn. This sounds so exciting :) You should post up all the projects they create on a website.

by ava.chang.9
about 2 years ago | Reply

there are*

by ava.chang.9
about 2 years ago | Reply

It would be awesome to have a website to display all the projects that come out of this program. Thanks for the great idea!!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love this idea! I signed on to upload my own video proposal, and I decided that I'm voting for this one!! I wish there had been a program like this when I was a kid.

by lrr23
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you so much for your nice comment. I wish I had discovered CS in earlier too!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great idea. Is it designed as a one time, one day workshop? Is there any follow up? Loved the video.

by U-Touch
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you for your comment! The program is designed to be a one-weekend workshop (something that can be accomplished with the $2500 fund), which is just a starting point to a much larger impact. During this one-weekend event, girls will develop personal relationships with their mentors and uncover passions that they never knew they had. These will continue on well beyond the weekend event.

I am also working on partnering up with local tech companies and organizations to help sponsor other other follow-up events in the future.

Thanks again!

by heidi.j.wang
about 2 years ago | Reply

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$2,500
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Submission Began
Wednesday, September 19

Submission Ended
Wednesday, October 17
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, October 18

Voting Ended
Friday, November 02
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Girls Teaching Girls To Code
Girls Teaching Girls To Code

Winner Announced
Monday, November 05

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