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Girls in Coding

Jordan Foster, Staff Writer

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Girls have been stuck in the dominant narrative as not being skilled enough to be in the coding field. At DVC, girls are free to code and prove a point in computer science as they show out their recent projects at Exhibition.

Girls at DVC prove that coding, in fact, isn’t only for men and they have an equal amount of abilities. Society has claimed this horrible myth that girls don’t cut it when it comes to computer science coding. Despite this claim,  many girls at DVC feel inspired to code here and prove their point that coding is for all genders.

It’s not just boys who only know how to code but girls do, of course, know how to code,” said junior Raya Dajani. “I believe that both female and male have the potential to pursue their careers in computer science.”

At DVC’s Exhibition, computer science showcased a custom-made maze that they made through javascript coding. Visitors had the chance to interact with their projects and try to figure out how to solve the maze. This gave female coders a chance to show their talents and prove that they can code just as good as the boys can. They serve as the counter narrative to the people that say only boys can code which helped boosts their confidence, made them want to strive even better.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s kind of like showing the people who say things like that, that we can do it just as well as you can. And sometimes we can even do it better,” said junior Macie Legaspi. “Girls Who Code creates a community for female coders who might feel isolated. Even in the computer science pathway [it] can sometimes feel like I’m the only girl in the room.”

Some of the female coders explained the importance of having mixed genders in the computer science field. More specifically, more girls since the majority of computer science-based jobs have primarily boys. 

“I feel like it’s very important for us to represent the female side of computer science and what truly occurs in the computer science pathway as well because we have the same potential as boys. I can inspire younger girls to pursue their career in computer science,” said Dajani.

Each of them have different reasons for joining the computer science pathway. Their stories are similar to the general reason why most coders, including boys, join the coding field.

“I’ve always been kind of interested in computer science because of how I grew up. But I took a stem class in eighth grade,” said Legaspi. “It got me kind of really interested in the idea of engineering and working with computers and so taking computer science classes at Da Vinci has just helped kind of boost that.”

Exhibition was the perfect opportunity for young female coders to prove to the world that STEM fields are unisex and one’s gender doesn’t equate or justify their success or abilities in any field.  DVC provided many with a  great opportunity for these coders to show why they stand by their point of “All genders can code.” Showcasing their project served as the voice of their thoughts and the embodiment of all of their hard work.

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