Great STEM apps for Girls plus a new book about a girl who codes
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As a mom of daughters, a Girl Scout leader, and woman, I’m all too aware as many are that the STEM world is generally lacking in ways to encourage females to pursue STEM knowledge and professions. In recent years, there’s been a noticeable increase in brands who are trying to encourage girls to get into STEM – GoldieBlox, Project MC2, and others, which is wonderful, but we need to do more!
There’s a definite movement in entertainment to talk more about girls and STEM interests, careers, professions- look at the Hidden Figures movie, for example. NASA Langley’s Katherine Johnson Computational Research Facility officially opened 9/22/17. Books, television shows and movies are sharing the stories (fiction and non fiction versions) of woman in STEM careers and professions. The Girl Scouts have created STEM related patches and programs for girls. We’re getting there. We have a ways to go.
Below you’ll find some great STEM apps for girls, but be sure to head over to EngineerGirl.com and Code.Org. Both offer a huge resource for stem related education, learning, some inspiration and a whole lot of fun.
Great STEM apps for Girls
Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d.Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt—all before she steps on stage to present Click’d to the judges?Read an excerpt from Click’d here