Mary Louis Junior Helps Close tech Gender Gap

Junior Myah Mitchell from The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, center, found that NYU Tandon School of Engineering offered a unique opportunity for young women to help close the gender gap in tech with the program Girls Who Code.

During the seven-week program, Mitchell and her group of students first learned the basics of coding and then used this skill in various projects. They coded websites and apps; they built robots and wrote codes for the robots. For the final project, Mitchell’s group created a website called “Ecocloset” that focused on bringing attention to brands that use sweatshops while promoting eco-friendly brands.

Part of the program included a visit to the Kate Spade New York Foundation headquarters where three of the girls’ mentors maximized the girls’ experience by sharing their own experiences that guided them to their careers within the STEM community. A visit to Google headquarters also introduced the girls to women who shared their paths to STEM careers at Google. These women spoke about the challenges of being a woman in a field that is predominantly male and how they overcame these challenges. They also talked about the variety of STEM positions they hold at Google.

The Kate Spade Foundation gave Mitchell a full scholarship for the program and provided her with a laptop computer and a Kate Spade purse at the end of the program.

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