Summer Transformation: Changing Stereotypes of Women in Tech

Earlier this year, UTC announced its collaboration with Girls Who Code (GWC), an organization dedicated to building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. This summer, UTC hosted its first-ever GWC Summer Immersion Program at its Digital Accelerator in Brooklyn, New York. For the last seven years, GWC has held Summer Immersion Programs (SIP), which are free 7-week introductory computer science programs for girls going into junior/senior year of high school.

Through the SIP, UTC had the opportunity to introduce 19 students to the world of coding, taking them through a robust curriculum where they learned programs like scratch, python, web development and more. Students were paired with on-site mentors, heard from a handful of guest speakers, and as their final assignment, developed social impact projects that applied the principles they learned throughout the program. Check out the video to hear how the program shaped the girls’ views on women in technology and how learning the basics of coding has impacted their lives.

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