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11-Year-Old Aspiring Programmer Wants to Teach Other Girls How to Code: “I Can Do Everything Boys Want to Do”


Yesterday’s Tech Superwomen Summit in San Francisco had a very special guest: 11-year-old aspiring programmer Ava Brodie.

As an honored attendee at the event, it was Brodie’s job to interview Summit speakers (including NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle!) and report back to her Washington State school with what she learned about being a woman in tech. Brodie, who hopes to one day apply her passions for both software and hardware by working for Apple, wants to bring some of the lessons she learned at the Superwomen Summit back to her own school:

I wanted to start a Girls Who Code club because there’s not much interest at my school. I was in a class and all the girls there were like, ‘I don’t want to be here, I just want the class to end.’ I want to try and get more people interested and help them learn about the new possibilities that technology can bring us.

By the end of the year, Brodie’s goal is to have ten students interested in joining a coding club and helping her plan the curriculum:

I think that it will be a lot better for a lot of the people who are intimidated just because it’s like, ‘Oh when I’m with these people I can do it, but when I’m with these people I can’t.’ But I guess I can just try harder and eventually not be intimidated by this because I can do everything [boys] want to do.

It’s so simple. I want to get people to realize that almost everything is based on technology, even when you’re just doing your homework on the computer.

(via The Daily Dot, image via Tech Superwomen Summit)

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