A program born in Missoula last year to give girls and young women the skills needed to pursue a STEM education and break through long-standing gender barriers is going statewide this academic year, as Montana Code Girls expands its reach.
They were two of 28 young women who participated in the Montana Code Girls pilot class, which is a free, after-school technology program open to all Montana girls ages 9-19. The mission is to inspire and empower more girls to get interested in careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, known as STEM.
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Montana Code Girls, the youth initiative under Big Sky Code Academy, is a new program aimed at providing opportunities for girls and young women in Montana to develop their skills in the STEM fields. After a successful pilot earlier this year, this fall they will launch their first statewide after school program, a two-hour, twice-a-week class where girls ages 9-19 work with coaches and mentors from tech fields to learn coding. The class lasts the entire school year, and is FREE