Learning Resources for Girls (not Women)

Often I am asked for advice about girls in tech. This is largely because I'm so involved in the women in tech movement, but it's also partly because of problems one of the organizations I'm involved in has with branding problems. I'm looking at you, "Girl Develop It!". 

Usually this group is confused for a group that serves "girls", as in, underage female humans, rather than "girls", adult female humans. I'm not exactly one to throw stones, being from Texas. I often use the term myself, even at Hackbright to refer to a group of women who are often older than me. It's the parlance of the area, but it's also enmeshed in the culture to infantilize women. Most chivalry is - but I digress.

I prodded twitter this morning for some advice, because so often I recieve emails from parents asking what to do for their daughters. They face the tough job of encouraging their smart daughters to get involved in technology before the terrible thirteens arrive, and girls start to begin "experimenting" with their identities (disclaimer: I was once a 13 year old girl.) 

Making something part of your identity at a young age is sometimes a recipie for abandoning it later, however starting girls early on the road to being tech-savvy or even ultra-l33t prepares them for a pretty sweet life. Tech skills are in demand, and the only person I have ever known to be more bratty than a supermodel and get away with it is an iOS developer. I'm just saying, there are some aspects of tech work I didn't anticipate when I was 13 that would have appealed to me quite a bit.

With that, here's some resources the twitterverse has come up with.

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  • http://coderdojo.com/
  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hopscotch-coding-for-kids/id617098629?mt=8
  • http://www.ncfirstrobotics.org/programs/jr-first-lego-league/
  • http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/app-camp-for-girls
  • http://scratch.mit.edu/
  • http://www.amazon.com/Game-Programming-Kids-Interactive-Programmers/dp/1937785440
  • http://herideasinmotion.com/
  • http://www.internaldrive.com/