How to get (and keep) girls jazzed about programming


Much has been written about the need to involve girls in coding, but the best path to success is to get them excited about using computers as tools to build what they’re interested in or solve their problems.

It’s not about teaching any particular language — but in getting girls and young women to think computationally, said David Miller, a software engineer at [company]Google[/company]. He should know: he has three daughters and he’s taught all of them to code. He also volunteers at the Newton, Massachusetts branch of Girls Who Code.

He started with his first daughter Sarah, teaching her to write Candyland in Java when she was all of three years old. “Here’s the screen, here are five spaces, all red, and she took one look and said ‘That’s not Candyland.’ She was right. There weren’t enough spaces, and they were all one color.” So lesson one is to start with…

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