WiSTEM: STEM Girls Presents Hour of Code IV

Let’s Celebrate International women’s day 2017 with Hour of Code IV

HOUR OF CODE is a Global mentoring and Coding workshop program initiated by CODE.org that focuses on the introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics in an hour. HOUR OF CODE is an 8hrs long training workshop which is targeted basically to high school and university students of age group 15-29yrs where they will be taught about any output based program on different programming languages like PHP, WORDPRESS, JAVA, SASS, PYTHON, JAVASCRIPT, etc.

In today’s world, technology has become a prime force for development and economic growth. The HOUR OF CODE workshop is done with the motive to educate and inspire young women to make them capable of meeting the new era of technological advances. The main purpose of this program is to make one feel technology as a more approachable domain rather than an isolated notion and give them a peek on what wonders can be done using basic coding. The measure of the success of this campaign is when we will be able to bring a positive change in people’s perspective in relation to girls and coding, and pique curiosity in young women to innovate using the available resources.

The HOUR OF CODE IV workshop aims to teach young women basic skill-set on web designing and network security so that they know ‘what’ and ‘how’ to get started with the available programming languages. As they say, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”- we aim to help young minds to take their first step. Our main motive is to broaden their knowledge horizon, encourage young minds to try before losing to the fear of failure, and inspire them to ask questions. We hope that this campaign will result in equal participation of both men and women in CS courses at all grade levels.

WiSTEM was established for the sole purpose of decreasing the available gender gap in STEM fields. We have been conducting registered coding workshop in Nepal with the focus on quick market substitute training and programming projects training from the basics of programming languages. This training will help build a foundation of coding for women and make them aware of the breadth and velocity of technological innovations. Today even societal concerns such as income inequality, skill-set training, and unemployment are being portrayed in the context of technological innovation. Hence, such basic training can be instrumental to women to be able to generate greater values for all people we serve and the society to which we belong. The HOUR OF CODE program is conducted every 2 months.

About the Author:
A B.E. Gold Medalist, Bibhusa Rawal is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering programme of T.U. The “Nepal Chhatra Bidhya Padak” awardee works in the Engineering department of Image Group of Companies and is also an active member of Women in STEM Nepal.


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