High tech program for girls in grades 6
Empowering girls to pursue technology careers
In Israel, the proportion of women in computer science academia is 20% -30%. The gender stigma about girls and science persists, and more needs to be done to lift female participation in this field. An important lever to address this is to expose girls to science and technology early and in a positive way so that they develop interest and motivation from a young age.
A new High Tech program for Grade 6 students has been designed in partnership between the Education Administration of the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Ministry of Education, Wix.com, and the Tel Aviv Teachers Development Center. The program will create a continuous learning track from elementary school through to middle school.
The goal of the program is to engage girls at elementary school level in computational thinking and coding in order to develop competency in, and a positive attitude towards science and technology.
The program will run in 30 elementary schools and impact 1000 students. It will teach computational thinking, programming languages, team work, advanced creative thinking and problem solving skills in fun and interesting ways.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment towards the first three years of the program, which creates a meaningful time period to measure its impact in terms of STEM subject uptake by girls in middle school.
Requested donation (over three years): $115,500.