The gender gap in computing is getting worse. According to the national nonprofit Girls Who Code, in 1995, 37 percent of computer scientists were women. Today, its only 24 percent. And, the biggest drop off of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17.
But, a brand new event, called the Tech Astra Summit, is working to close the gender gap in technology. Hosted by State Farm, Tech Astra (meaning, star) is a one-day, virtual summit to engage 4th-8th grade girls across the country in science, technology, engineering and math.
Tech Astra will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. on Zoom.
Virtual participants will:
Engage in hands-on labs in the …