Studies have shown that girls lose interest in math and science at a very early age. One mom decided to find a solution to this problem by making STEM learning a mother and daughter bonding activity. Her coding classes inspire moms and daughters to develop skills together.
Sheri Hill, a math and computer science teacher from Hamilton, Ontario, started the group “Moms Who Code (So Girls Will Code)” to encourage more girls to take interest in the field of computer sciences. As a teacher at Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton, she had an average of two girls per class of 25 students and was looking to make a change. “I wanted to find a way to inspire moms first,” she told the Hamilton Spectator, explaining that she believes moms will then inspire their kids.
The group of moms and daughters, which meets once a month, started with just a few moms at Hill’s own home, but has quickly grown to 30 women and their kids. One inspiring student pairing even includes a third generation: a grandmother learning to code. During meetings the group will work with programming languages to create games and animations.
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