Inspiring Kids to Learn and Love Coding
Liberty’s Women in Technology group is supporting middle school STEM programs by hosting fun coding events.
Liberty Mutual’s Women in Technology (WiT) group is using coding, trivia and a live robot to keep middle school kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Liberty’s WiT group hosted “Hour of Code” events at Portsmouth and Dover, New Hampshire middle schools where students got to choose between fun tutorials like Minecraft, Angry Birds and Frozen. “Hour of Code” is a Code.org initiative meant to help increase access to computer science and increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
“We're proud that this program is changing the lives of kids and getting them excited about coding.”
– Alexandra, Systems Analyst
100% of students who attended the “Hour of Code” events said they would like to continue coding after the event and would also recommend coding to a friend – making the event a great success.
The WiT group followed the “Hour of Code” event by sponsoring a six-week afterschool coding program at the Dover Middle School. Students used tutorials by Scratch, a free development platform created by MIT, to learn the fundamentals of computer science, and to create a game that they presented to their class.
Many students, some who have never shown an interest in after-school activities, find themselves inspired and engaged in learning about computer science with their Liberty Mutual mentors.