Expanding the pool of technologists

We're inspiring young people not just to use technology, but to create it.

Commissioning research to get to the root of the problem

To change the face of the tech industry, we need more women and minorities studying computer science. But today, women make up just 18% of computer science (CS) degrees, down from 37% thirty years ago. To understand why, we’re commissioning research to identify the primary drivers that motivate young women and underrepresented minorities to pursue computer science. Our research efforts help us identify strategies to improve perceptions of CS and broaden learning opportunities for all students.

Influencing perceptions about computer science

Our Women Who Choose CS study shows that career perception is an important factor influencing girls to study CS, but we know that women and minorities are underrepresented in on-screen portrayals of computer scientists. So through our CS in Media program, we’re partnering with content creators and media influencers to infuse more diverse portrayals of CS throughout their content, and to use bias busting strategies when making creative and business decisions. Watch this news segment about our work: goo.gl/zQqfXg.

Getting more girls to code

Coding carries the power to quite literally change the world. But surprisingly few girls (<1% of high school girls) are interested in pursuing CS in college. How can we bridge this gap? Made with Code is an initiative designed to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of code. Visit the Made with Code site for resources and projects for kids to learn how to code, community discussions, and information on regional events.

Supporting women in tech and female entrepreneurs

Women Techmakers is Google's global program for women in technology, providing visibility, community and resources to drive innovation and participation in the field. Whatever your role in tech or phase in your career, becoming a Women Techmakers Member offers access to events, opportunities, and information. Since its inception in 2012, Women Techmakers has engaged over 50,000 women through our global events for International Women’s Day, Google I/O, and Grace Hopper.

Increasing K-12 access and exposure

Every day, 15 million kids leave school with nowhere to go and in the summer, an alarming 43 million kids go without access to critical summer learning programs. Google launched CS First to help increase student access and exposure to CS education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. Anyone-- a teacher, coach, or community volunteer-- can teach kids the basics of coding using the instructional videos and lesson plans we provide. Learn more at cs-first.com.

Investing in promising students through scholarships

As part of our commitment to advancing computing and technology at all levels, we want to encourage more students who demonstrate a passion for CS to pursue careers in the field. That’s why we offer a variety of scholarships for students of color, women, students with disabilities, and veterans. Visit our scholarships site to learn more.

Supporting organizations working to expand the pool of technologists

The RISE Awards provide funding ($1.5 million in 2015), year-round support, and partnership opportunities to organizations around the world that expose girls and underrepresented students to extracurricular computer science programs. Visit the RISE Awards site for more information and a list of this year’s grant recipients.

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