STEM Resources

Coding Resources

These range in difficulty and are in no particular order, so experiment to find the one that works best for you! All of them are free and don’t require a subscription!

  • Code.org

    • Coding courses and hour of code projects

  • Scratch

    • Easy drag-and-drop coding language for beginners of all ages

  • Made With Code

    • Google’s initiative to get girls interested in coding through projects and mentors

  • Vidcode

    • Use code to create videos

  • Dash

    • HTML, CSS, and Javascript courses

  • Codecademy

    • Learn to code with courses on numerous coding languages

  • Mozilla Webmaker

    • Tons of resources to create/learn code

  • Khan Academy
    • Intro and advanced courses in a variety of coding languages

  • Bitsbox
    •  Create your own online apps easily

  • W3 Schools
    • Learn a variety of languages 
    • Also has handy reference charts for programming terms
  • Topcoder

    • Daily coding competitions with real cash prizes

  • Free Code Camp

    • Learn JavaScript and help nonprofits build better websites

  • Try Ruby

    • Learn the basics of Ruby

  • Code Avengers

    • Learn to build websites, apps, and games with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python

  • Code School

    • Free courses to learn iOS app building, Ruby, Git, Databases, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript

  • HTML Dog

    • Quick and easy-to-follow practice guides

  • Make Pong

    • Quickly learn how to create a pong game

 

Coding Competitions

 

STEM Programs

  • CoderGals

    • High school mentors teach elementary school girls to code
  • Girls Who Code

    • Free summer programs for high school girls entering their junior/senior year of high school

    • Clubs for middle/high school girls (can start your own!)

  • CoderDojo

    • Clubs for both boys and girls, volunteer-led (can start your own or find one near you!)

  • Black Girls Code

    • Empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to code through workshops and hackathons

  • Code Club

    • Network of volunteer-led coding clubs in the UK for children aged 9-11

  • Girls Teaching Girls to Code

    • Stanford female students teach and inspire Bay Area high school girls to explore computer science and engineering

  • Techbridge

    • After-school and summer programs that teach girls about STEM through fun, educational, hands-on projects. See if there is a program in your area!

  • Girls Inc. Operation Smart

    • Develops girls’ interests in STEM through hands-on activities and mentors

  • Yale Girls Science Investigations

    • Weekend science exploration sessions at Yale University for middle school girls

  • The Perry Initiative

    • Day-long outreach programs on engineering and medicine for high school, college, and medical student girls

  • iD Tech

    • Computer science summer camps across the United States

  • Shine for Girls

    • Teaching girls math through dance classes led by older female mentors

  • Destination Imagination

    • Team program with challenges in STEM, visual arts, and other areas

  • Engineering for Kids

    • STEM classes and camps for kids ages 4-14

  • National Society of Black Engineers SEEK program

  • Girl Start

    • Programs, summer camp, and conference in the Texas area

  • Girls Rock Math

    • Fun and creative math camps for girls

  • Code Now

    • Teaching underrepresented youth to code by partnering with tech companies

  • #YesWeCode

    • A national initiative to help train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level coders

  • Find more STEM programs and resources on Pathways to Science

 

Can’t find a program that you like? Start your own!

 

Additional STEM Resources

  • National Girls Collaborative Project

    • Brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.

  • Stem Works

    • Online and offline STEM activities, including crime scene investigation, under the sea, and wind energy

  • Dosomething.org’s science sleuth campaign

    • learn about STEM via text, donate real money by completing the challenge

  • Icebox Derby

    • ComEd sponsored competition where 30 girls from the Chicago area learn STEM by building racecars out of recycled refrigerators with female mentors

  • CanTEEN inspires girls to see STEM careers as a possibility for their future

    • Offering tours, a list of current and past STEM mentors, and challenges

  • Makers

    • A collection of videos of women’s stories, creating role models in numerous fields for younger girls

  • Goldieblox

    • Toys, an app, and books designed to get girls interested in engineering

  • WISE

    • Campaign to inspire girls and women to study and have careers in STEM

    • Goal: get 1 million more women in the UK STEM workforce

  • Donorschoose.org

    • Rewarding teachers with money when they get 4+ female students to complete an online coding class

  • She++

    • Stanford undergraduate led organization working to dismantle the stereotype that computer science is not a career for women

    • Students currently attending college can become an ambassador

    • High school students can apply to become a fellow and gain resources to start an initiative to bring tech education opportunities to their local community

    • She++ Challenge: Series of month-long competitions that show the diverse applications of computer science

  • CodeHS

    • Packages for teachers to teach computer science in their schools

  • General Assembly and Code Fellows are two coding schools.

    • Find out if there is one in your area!

    • General Assembly additionally offers online courses (paid and free options)

  • Digital Corps Remake Learning

    • Online/offline math and game based activities to be used in out-of-school programs

  • Raspberry Pi Resources

    • Exercises to use with Raspberry Pi - a tiny and affordable computer that you can use in a variety of projects to learn programming  

  • The Connectory

    • Find STEM opportunities in your community

  • Invent It. Build It.

    • Engineering conference for girls in 6th - 8th grade with a hands-on workshop with engineers and expo

  • Engineer Girl

    • Information about STEM careers, resources, and the field of engineering

  • Women at NASA

    • Compilation of women who work at NASA, career information, and more to inspire girls

  • YouthHack

    • Chapters around the world host competitions, speakers and workshops

    • Fellowship program connects high school students with startups for internships

  • Anita Borg Institute

    • Connects women in tech, holds female events, and provides infographics and research on how to retain women in technology jobs

  • Greenlight for Girls

    • Inspires all girls to pursue STEM careers by introducing them to science through fun activities

  • National Center for Women in Technology

    • Recognizes women for their achievements in computing, provides resources and programs


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