SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFTA)–One program is building the foundation for young girls to be successful in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field.
These girls are not only learning how to code, but also flying drones according to the code they created themselves.
The program is called “Coding Takes Flight” and it’s designed specifially for third through fifth grade girls in Springdale Public Schools.
“Coding Takes Flight” teaches the young women to learn more about the STEM field and valuable leadership skills through mentoring.
One of the main purposes of this program is to help females feel more confident in a field primarily dominated by men.
Maryella Harriman, a member of “Coding Takes Flight, said, “I like to watch the drone fly after I’ve coded it, and I think I might be able to use this stuff in the future to get a good scholarship, get a good job, and I just think it’s cool to have that talent. Not just boys, but girls.”
Wade Ward, an East Facilitator, said, “The job market for STEM field careers is blowing up and we need more females to bridge that gap between the spaces that the males are currently occupying within those fields.”
Ward said he expects it to last for five or six years or until the techonolgy shifts.