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State Senator Dan Dawson and Google Team up with Disney to Get Girls Excited to Code


Google and State Senator Dan Dawson paid a visit to AMC Council Bluffs 17 to host a Made with Code coding party and movie screening yesterday afternoon, where girls from Council Bluffs Community School District coded an animated snowflake and watched a free screening of the movie Mary Poppins Returns. 

The students worked together with members of Google’s Made With Code team to learn basic coding skills and were able to use an introductory coding language to create their own “practically perfect” animated snowflake pattern with graphics from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.

State Senator Dawson kicked-off the event with opening remarks and spoke to students about the importance of coding and STEM education.

Photos from the event are available here.

“Technology is critical to almost any career a student will seek, especially careers like mine that help keep our citizens safe,” said Senator Dawson. “Google has been a tremendous community partner with events like Made with Code that inspire students, especially girls, to see how STEM education can translate into exciting job opportunities.”

"Today, most industries are fueled by technology, but there aren’t enough girls pursuing computer science. Their perspectives are left out of the conversation around STEM education, and we started the Made with Code initiative to help change that," said Dan Harbeke, Google’s Head of External Affairs for the area. "We want to inspire girls to see that code can help them pursue their interests and goals."

Made With Code is a Google-led initiative that works to inspire millions of girls to learn to code and help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers.

Made with Code includes:

  • Blockly-based coding projects like learning to create animated GIFs or building beats for a music track.
  • Video profiles of girls and women who explain how they’re using code to do what they love -- in fashion, music, dance, animation, cancer research and more.
  • A resource directory for parents and girls to find more information about new local events, camps, classes and clubs.
  • Collaborations with organizations like Girl Scouts of the USA, Girlstart, and Girls, Inc. to introduce Made With Code to girls in their networks, encouraging them to complete their first coding experience.