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Teaching Coding, Empowering Girls

Founder of Black Girls Code, Engineer Kimberly Bryant is trying to solve the tech world’s diversity problem one young woman at a time.


Conversation Club

  1. Kimberly Bryant opens her video by describing her disappointment at the small number of girls and people of color who were attending summer technology or summer engineering camps for youth. What are some of the reasons, in your view, for the lack of diversity in these types of summer camps? Can you think of other fields or industries that have a lack of diversity? Are there examples in your local community where there is a lack of diversity?
  2. Bryant’s motto is “code or be coded.” What do you think this means? If you had a personal motto, what would it be and why?
  3. Bryant maintains that a consumer who simply uses code and does not know how to create that code is simply “regurgitating” the work of someone else. What do you think “regurgitate” means in this context? What do you think of this outlook? How does this relate to collaboration and working with other people to develop ideas?
  4. One concept that inspired Bryant to create Black Girls Code was that, if you help a person achieve success in a specific area, then you also empower that person to feel confident that he or she can succeed in other areas, too. In your experience, have you seen this take place? Describe a time you accomplished something – how did it make you feel?
  5. Coding is described as a creative process. What are some examples for how it might be creative?
  6. Bryant explains that she sees her younger self in the young girls who she is helping teach how to code, and this inspires her. What lessons, ideas, or skills would you want to share with youth in your community?
  7. Do you think that the girls are inspired in turn, when they meet Kimberly Bryant? In other words, do you think that having role models is important? Have you ever had a role model? How did that person inspire you?
  8. If you were going to start an organization to help youth in your community, what would it be and why? What issues would you hope to address, or what problems would you hope to help solve?

Video Series

This video exists as part of a series gathered around the theme of Civil Society. Other videos in this series are listed below.

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