My name is Aditi Patil. I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. Throughout elementary and middle school, I had always fixated on the thought that computer programming was something for boys because it was too difficult to learn, had a "geeky" characteristic, and had too much of a lone wolf kind of atmosphere. However, after scheduling at my high school resulted in me having Introduction to Java Programming as an elective, I became immersed in the world of computer science. I enrolled in a summer coding camp at Flatiron school where I became aware of the shocking disparity between men and women in the Computer Science industry. This inspired me to start XX Coders as a high school club and become involved with organizations like Girls Who Code. I might not have stumbled onto computer science if it weren't for the push of my family and teachers, but not every girl has that opportunity. After several years of volunteering at the middle school in the nearby town of Wyandanch, I realized this was one of the places where no one really had exposure to computer science. Interestingly, the Girls Who Code that I interned at was at the Wyandanch Family Life Center but only two girls showed up and neither were from Wyandanch! Unsettled by this, I decided that someone should computer science to this area. We live in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) universe, where any career can be benefited with knowledge in computer programming. With so much love and passion for coding, I want nothing more than to spread this to other girls so that they may find success somewhere in their lifetime--not only in the field of computer science but all the many applications that coding provides.
The XX Coders Program is an initiative to educate young women about the wonders of technology. Each week, our students learn the basics of computer science and how they can apply to daily life. Our program includes a weekly class, a two-week long summer camp, field trips to tech companies’ offices like Google and Microsoft, amazing guest speakers working in the world of computer science, and demonstrations of cool technology like virtual reality and robots. This program is completely free for the participants. However, there are many expenses related to operating this camp, including equipment and supplies, instructor fees, and transportation costs. Any donation would mean the world to us, as we are dedicated to ensuring the girls a high-quality experience over the two weeks that the camp will run. XX Coders Inc is a 501 (C) (3) organization, registered under EIN – 82-0915111. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible.
Technology has tremendous potential to make the world a better place, and women are just as capable of being these agents of change as men are. However, girls are often cautious to learn about computer science because they are influenced by the stigma that it is overwhelming and intimidating. By giving young women a chance to grow and learn about computer science, it will create endless possibilities of innovation and creativity for their future. With coding, a girl can accomplish almost anything. The apps we use everyday–Uber, Snapchat, Instagram, and so on–would not exist without computer science and now young girls can learn how to make breakthrough apps and games as well! Technology is the future of our society, so it is important that girls too are part of this revolution.
This fun and exciting club meet every week at the Wyandanch Family Life Center, located on 20 Andrews Ave Wyandanch NY 11798
Thursday: 5 PM to 6:30 PM