By Lindsey Sampson
Today, only .4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science, and a mere 18% of computer science graduates are women. Girls Who Code is a national organization focused on closing the gender gap in technology. In Fall 2016, Northeastern will be hosting its first-ever Girls Who Code chapter on campus to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls to pursue careers in technology. As part of the program, a cohort of high school girls will be invited to campus for two hours a week to learn computer-based skills including graphic art, video game design, mobile app development, and cryptography, culminating in a final project of the girl‘s choosing that will benefit her community. This chapter will enable girls to access computer science project-based education and supportive female mentorship in their communities.