Girls Who Code

Closing STEM Gender Gaps

Since 2022, UScellular has partnered with Girls Who Code to help close the STEM gender gap by providing equal opportunities for girls, women and nonbinary students in the STEM fields. Last year, UScellular donated $150,000 to open five new clubs in Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Maine. This year, we’re helping bring more STEM education opportunities by committing $175,000 to support Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program and add new clubs.

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Dispelling STEM Career Myths

A 2022 UScellular survey revealed that 40% of students felt that STEM fields are not welcoming to women. Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code, joined Denise Lintz, UScellular’s Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio Management and Technology Shared Services for a candid conversation about their career paths, advice for students and parents on pursuing a career in STEM, and what people may be surprised to learn about STEM professions.

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Supporting STEM Learning Through Immersive Experience

In 2023, UScellular’s support of the organization and its participants included funding a unique two-week experience through UScellular’s virtual classroom during Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program. Throughout the summer, each participant learned how to design their own video game, including UX design basics and introduction to JavaScript, with the goal of creating their own fully-designed video game by the end of the session.

Throughout the two-week session, 55 young women joined UScellular associates to:

  • Learn the steps to secure an internship from UScellular’s interns. 
  • Hear about her non-traditional career path from a UScellular senior engineer.
  • Communicate their story to promote their final video games from UScellular’s media relations and social media teams. 
  • Receive tips and guidance from UScellular associates early in their career journeys, such as understanding what they don’t like is just as important as what they do like.

Find out participants' feedback about the immersive experience, especially their thoughts on hearing from UScellular interns.

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Inspiring Future STEM Careers

Three UScellular associates, early in their STEM career journeys, discuss with Girls Who Code participants the inspiration, mentors, challenges and advice they wished they received as they pursued a career in a STEM field. The panel discussion is moderated by UScellular Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio and Technology Shared Services Denise Lintz.

Connecting the Numbers in 2022 and 2023

 

  • Donated more than $325,000 to Girls Who Code to support STEM education experiences and resources. 
  • A UScellular survey of students and parents found:
    • 71% of students and 74% of parents agree that a STEM-focused education provides greater career opportunities. 
    • Nearly 50% of students and 41% of parents don’t know enough about the opportunities a STEM education would afford. 
    • Students and parents are more likely to associate STEM with traditional sectors, like science and tech, computer science and architecture/engineering. 
    • 84% of students and 81% of parents in urban areas are familiar with STEM compared to 72% of students and 68% of parents in rural areas.
    • More parents in urban areas currently work in a STEM field than rural area parents (35% vs. 19%)