Tinkering With Tech: A STEM Workshop To Encourage Girls To Code #MakerEducation
Women Love Tech interviewed Code Like a Girl co-founder Vanessa Doake – check it out!
In our recent chat with Emily Tuteur (Director of Product Design at NY-based tech-education startup littleBits), we learned about an upcoming littleBits workshop, in partnership with Aussie organization Code Like a Girl. To know more about the event/workshop, other platforms for girls and women interested in STEM, and Code Like a Girl’s overall vision, we caught up with co-founder and COO Vanessa Doake for a Q&A.
WLT: I read about the upcoming workshop on October 1, and it sounds like such an amazing day of learning combined with fun. And the littleBits products are so incredibly smart and creative! At the end of such a day, what’s the best outcome for you and Code Like a Girl, in terms of what you’d like to see participants gain from the workshop?
VD: We’re really excited to be partnering with littleBits for a workshop. Their kits are a great way to get kids engaged and inventing with tech from an early age. littleBits also share our mission to empower the next generation of girls to be creators and inventors of future technology, so the partnership was an obvious choice and the workshop came together seamlessly. We hope the girls attending the Tinkering with Tech workshop on October 1, or any Code Like a Girl workshop, have fun, make friends with like-minded girls who love tech, and leave feeling inspired and capable in the world of technology.
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