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Girls Who Code expands free program offering to include furry friends!

Non-profit announces Pets Who Code

New York, NY (April 1, 2017) – Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced that it is expanding its free computer science programs to include a brand new program for pets! Girls Who Code announced this milestone as part of their 5th anniversary and expansion to all 50 states.

IMG_8044Pets Who Code will teach furry friends to use technology to help them in their daily lives, from programming a robot to feed them when they’re hungry to building a slackbot to notify their owner when they need to go to the bathroom. The program was piloted with the pets of Girls Who Code employees.

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“My dog, Stanley, was my first child,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. “As my life becomes more reliant on communication through technology, it’s become apparent that I’m missing out on communicating with my dog. We’re already teaching tens of thousands of girls how to use technology to make a difference in their lives. Why not teach our animals to do the same?”

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What began as one program for twenty girls in New York City in 2012 has grown into a national movement, engaging tens of thousands of middle and high school girls across the country to pursue futures in computer science. With the launch of a 14-book publishing program with Penguin and Pets Who Code in 2017, Girls Who Code plans to make free computer science education accessible to every household across the US by 2020.

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