Girls Who Game Program Provides Access to STEM Opportunities

Female student using Minecraft

Microsoft and Dell Technologies are working together to encourage girls to become interested in STEM through an after-school pilot program. Girls Who Game teaches female students about coding and computational thinking using Minecraft: Education Edition.

The pilot program is aiming to engage students in grades four to eight through learner-driven experiences and mentorship opportunities. By building a community of learners, Girls Who Game wants to help girls build relationships and encourage them to continue to develop their coding skills.

"We are thrilled to provide access to technology to girls across North America and give them the chance to explore multiple disciplines and global competencies," said Dell education strategist Katina Papulkas. "If we can engage these young girls early on to develop their skills and build their self-efficacy and confidence and to realize their potential, that would be a major success, essentially encouraging more women to explore STEM careers."

Each pilot school will receive Dell Latitude 3190 devices equipped with Minecraft: Education Edition. Dell and Microsoft are also providing ongoing professional development for program coaches.

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