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Focus On: How Female Innovators are Breaking the Girl Code

Fact is: the U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. But the reality remains that while jobs in technology fields are increasing, the number of women pursing them is decreasing:

Today only 13% of civil engineers and 6% of mechanical engineers are women.

And according to Girls Who Code, 20% of AP Computer Science test-takers are female, and 0.4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in Computer Science. Clearly, it’s time to take a stand for female innovators and change that!

Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits is one of the women on a mission to change things by putting technology in the hands of inventors of all ages. Her neon-hued components snap together magnetically to form circuit boards, making it  fun — to create hardware.

Similarly, start-ups like Technology Will Save Us and JewelBots are are making technology accessible through technology-enabled DIY kits that empower kids to create using technology.

Making things in the real world using technology provides more immediate satisfaction, emotional and intellectual awareness and a deeper understanding of the skills learned. – Bethany Koby, founder Technology Will Save Us