Microsoft Offers Free Coding Classes To Girls, And It’s A Great Way To Get Them Into STEM

The events are in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Microsoft wants to help encourage more girls to consider a career in technology by offering free coding classes in stores for the month of March. The events are in celebration of International Women's Day.

In the United States, only 27 percent of all high school students taking the AP Computer Science exam are female. In college, few women pursue the subject. Just 18 percent of computer science college degrees in the U.S. go to women. 

One way to get more girls excited about a career in tech is to encourage them to experiment with it. Microsoft's "DigiGirlz" workshop helps do that. 

"This free, 2-hour DigiGirlz workshop is an engaging interactive way for young women ages 11-18 to understand more about how the opportunities computer science and coding open up for them," Microsoft says on its website.

During the workshop, girls will meet inspiring women who have a successful career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Microsoft has coordinated conversations with local female engineers, pilots, programmers, and more to teach about how computer science shaped their careers. Afterward, the girls will get a hands-on introduction to coding and the opportunity to create their own project.

The events will take place on select Saturdays throughout March. To find out when your local store is hosting a DigiGirlz event, check Microsoft's event calendar.

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