Girls Who Code is committed to closing the gender gap in technology.

Through our Clubs, Campus and Summer Immersion Programs, we have reached more than 185,000 girls in seven years. But, we can’t do it alone.

As states work to infuse computer science and computational thinking into schools, particularly middle schools, we created free Women in Tech Lesson Plans to be used wherever they fit within the school day – from math to history class – for teachers to seamlessly introduce computer science into their classrooms. Students will explore hidden history of women in tech whose stories are central to the field of computer science, discuss computer science’s impact on the world, and uncover how they already think like a computer scientist. Through engaging activities, the suite of lessons:

Complement Standards

Align with middle school ELA, Math, and CSTA standards, as well as new Computer Science Standards, while furthering essential skills, such as reading and critical thinking

Introduce Computer Science

Infuse existing lesson plans with computational thinking concepts across non-computer science subjects, like when teaching the Industrial Revolution include the lesson plan on Ada Lovelace

Change Perceptions

Demonstrate the important innovations diverse females are making in computing will change the perception of who can or should be a computer scientist while introducing female role models 

Why is this critical? You can't be what you can't see!

Through our research, we know that one of the primary challenges that girls face in pursuing computer science as a career is a lack of female role models. Girls are likely to grow up to be innovators only if they have access to female innovators, underscoring the importance of role models and self-image. The Women In Tech Lesson Plans introduce middle school students to female role models and spark the interest of girls to pursue computer science.

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