Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Girl Scouts and AT&T Close the Gender Gap in Tech One Line of Code at a Time

Did you know? With our NEW Coding for Good badges, Girl Scouts are learning to create computer programs, code apps, and develop games that solve problems in their communities (and the world!). We teamed up with tech pros at AT&T for a VIP event to give Girl Scouts even more opportunities to showcase what they’ve learned from the Coding for Good badge curriculum. And the girls rose to the challenge!

Not only did the girls brainstorm a real-world problem that could be solved through coding, but they also came up with multiple smart solutions. From robots that could drive themselves (to address the issue of traffic) to apps that took donations and spread awareness for wildlife organizations, these Girl Scouts showed us what creative leadership looks like in action.

Another project the girls had a ton of fun with was creating a digital self-portrait using code. Just take a look at one of their code masterpieces below.

“I really didn’t think this would be fun, but I learned so much and enjoyed getting to meet the AT&T professionals.” -Girl participant 

“This was totally worth the trip. I am so glad we signed up, and my daughter learned so much!” -Parent

In addition to answering questions and providing guidance for activities that taught the girls about sequences, algorithms, and nested loops, AT&T tech pro volunteers served as mentors. They worked with each girl to create a special kind of Girl Scout pledge. Through the pledge, the girls committed to taking one action to make the world a better place through coding. To wrap things up, these future science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders presented their commitments to the entire group. 

“I had so much fun getting to interact with the girls. They already knew a lot, so I just helped clarify for them, and then they came up with some amazing ideas!” -AT&T volunteer

About our partnership with AT&T: Reflecting its ongoing commitment to Girl Scouts, AT&T is supporting the launch of new Coding for Good badges for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. The badges are designed to give girls more hands-on experience in STEM than ever before. Every Coding for Good badge has a plugged and an unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless their access to technology.

At Girl Scouts, we prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure, which is something that partnerships with forward-thinking organizations like AT&T help us accomplish.