Hoping to encourage girls to become interested in computer science and buck stereotypes, the Department of Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering offered a free all-girl coding camp during the first two weeks of June, an initiative directed toward girls from underserved groups and underperforming schools. IFE Fellow Brandon Kline (pictured above) was an instructor at the camp.
“There is nothing innate to men that makes them better at science than women,” said USC Viterbi Professor Jeff Miller, director of the programming camp. “The digressions between genders are often based on labels.”
The camp was made possible by the generous donation by Kathy Kemper, CEO and director of the Institute for Education, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. An advocate for girls in science, technology, engineering and math, Kemper believes that one of the keys to getting them interested in technology is giving them role models.