Hour of Code Success Calls for a High Five

December 18, 2013

This year AAUW celebrated Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code for the first time. But thanks to amazing work by our members and supporters, you would think we’ve been doing this for much longer. Here’s what we accomplished together:

  1. A grouop of girls pose for a photo is goofy orange hats.

    An all-girls robotics team joins 150 others at an AAUW Hour of Code event held in Augusta, Maine.

    We taught women and girls how to code.
  2. Twenty-five events were organized by AAUW members or reported through our website. One event, held by the AAUW Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch, reached 479 people! Kudos to everyone who organized an event and empowered women and girls to code.

  3. We spread the word in every direction.
  4. North, South, East, West, AAUW hit every region of the country with the Hour of Code message thanks to the 17 total proclamations, which were issued by mayors and governors in Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

    Meanwhile, New York supporters wrote op-eds and letters to the editor, while AAUW of Wisconsin President Joyce Hoffman  gave a televised interview!

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  5. We built a foundation for future action.
  6. In our 2010 report on the alarmingly low number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, we recommended encouraging girls to take computer science classes. That recommendation is turning into action thanks to a petition asking community leaders to make computer classes count toward graduation or as a math credit. We’ll deliver the 375 petition signatures to the decision maker responsible for each state’s education curricula.

    Check out the slideshow below to see AAUW’s Hour of Code efforts in action.

    Across the Country, AAUW Members Celebrate Computer Science Education Week

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    Robin and her daughter, Sarah, show off their Hour of Code certificates at the ATTAIN computer lab in Rochester, New York.

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