The future is now: Design a Zac Posen dress using code (It's easy!)
Confession: I am insanely jealous of my better half who took time out of his life to study web development and is much better off because of it.
Confession: His foreign work talk now bores me into a trance.
Solution: Made With Code, which aims to inspire girls (and in my case 31-year-old women) to make tech happen.
Here are some stats from the site created by the genius minds at Google (shoutout to my brother):
"In the United States, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in middle school."
"By high school, only 0.3% girls plan to major in Computer Science."
"CS jobs will be the highest-paying sectors over the next decade, paying almost $15K more than average."
"Encouragement from adults and peers is the #1 contributor to a girl’s decision to pursue Computer Science."
This hits home for me because I have a daughter and a son. Guess which one received a coding robot for Christmas.
About the fashion, which I swear I'll get to in a second: The site features several fun projects that help teach the basics of coding. There's a music mixer, avatar creator and dance visualizer, among others. My obvious favorite: the ability to design an LED ZAC Zac Posen dress.
Here's what I came up with in a matter of minutes:
Sure, it might look crazy, but I'm sure Katy Perry would wear it. The design possibilities are endless, and it's really fun to see your imagination come to life.
Aside from projects, Made With Code is chock-full of resources to help get girls into the STEM game. I'm addicted and I hope you will be too. Enjoy the brain-enriching time suck, and pass it on to a (female) youth near you.