Professor works to bridge STEM gender gap

Professor works to bridge STEM gender gap

Reylene Kates types away in her newly-acquired language -- the language of coding.

Kates says the circuits didn't always fire.

"If you typed in the numbers wrong then, like, the whole thing would mess up, so you had to be sure you're hitting the number correctly and the letters, and if you don't hit the quotation marks, then it doesn't either."

Girls Who Code gives high school-aged women women the chance to program technology, even some that are fashion forward.

"You could scan a makeup product on your phone and it would give you a cheaper version of for the same quality," Kates says.

Randy Heaton is the Mathematics chair at Wesleyan College, and is also the sponsor for the Macon Girls Who Code chapter.

Heaton says, the club allows girls to hear what often goes unsaid.

"I think boys get told that they're good at these things, I think boys are told, 'Hey, you read a science book, you're good at this stuff, you can make money doing this stuff,' you know, 'You can make a contribution doing this stuff.' I don't get the sense that young girls are told that very often," young girls who, Heaton says, are crucial to solve the problems of both today and the future.

"Women bring strengths to the table that reach far beyond what a male-dominated tech industry, male-dominated medical industry, male-dominated law industry can achieve by itself."

They're industries that Kates says now have charged her ambition.

"For me, it's like going beyond expectations. Like you never know what you're going to find."

 

The club starts on August 26, and will be every Saturday  from 1-3 p.m at Wesleyan's Willett Library.

To register, contact Jill Amos: jamos@wesleyancollege.edu

 

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