DonorsChoose.org, Codecademy and Khan Academy
Promoting introductory computer science for all
In 2012, only 18% of computer science degrees are awarded to women. Female students aren’t entering college as interested in computer science as their male classmates.
With a $1,000,000 Global Impact Award, DonorsChoose.org is working to get girls interested in coding while they’re still in high school. Teachers earn DonorsChoose.org classroom funding credits for helping girls complete an introductory coding course from Codecademy or Khan Academy. The rewards get invested right back into teachers’ classrooms in the form of much needed classroom materials.
To date, 45,000 high school students have been exposed to computer science through this program, of which over 2,000 girls have also earned supplies for 369 classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. Girls in the program have not only learned a new skill - they can also point around their classroom at exciting new materials and say, “I earned that for our class by learning to code.”