The secret code? It involves getting girls involved in computer languages

If you think Python is a type of snake, or that you can make Raspberry Pi from scratch, you’re probably not a member of Girls Who Code. The organization focuses on closing the gender gap in STEM professions by teaching girls to use computer coding languages and related devices while also providing mentorship.

Local branches of Girls Who Code, which is aimed at girls in sixth to 12th grade, exist all over the metro, from Overland Park to Harrisonville to Lee’s Summit.

“The purpose of Girls Who Code is to support each other and support women in coding, women in tech and to have a sisterhood,” said Deanna Soukup, facilitator for the Lee’s Summit branch. “That’s why it’s so good that girls throughout the district are getting together, because they see how many of them there really are, and they’re able to support each other as a larger community.”

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