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Barbie Ventures Into Coding Skills To Encourage Girls to Learn Coding Skills

The lessons, for example, show girls how to build robots, get them to move at a dance party, or do jumping jacks

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Barbie. Pixabay

Barbie, the world’s most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.

The new doll, launched Tuesday, aims to encourage girls as young as seven to learn real coding skills, thanks to a partnership with the kids game-based computing platform Tynker, toymaker Mattel said.

Robotics engineer Barbie, dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt and denim jacket and wearing safety glasses, comes with six free Barbie-inspired coding lessons designed to teach logic, problem solving and the building blocks of coding.

The lessons, for example, show girls how to build robots, get them to move at a dance party, or do jumping jacks.

Four robotics engineer Barbies are seen flanked by a robot.
Four robotics engineer Barbies are seen flanked by a robot. VOA

According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs were held by women in 2017.

Barbie has held more than 200 careers in her almost 60-year life, including president, video game developer and astronaut.

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Tynker co-founder Krishna Vedati said in a statement that the company’s mission to empower youth worldwide made Barbie an ideal partner “to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun engaging way.”

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Launch of Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls – 2020 (ICSG)

Any Indian girl between the age group of 17 to 23 years is eligible to apply for the scholarship by 15th January 2020

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Through ICSG, Internshala has been able to help girls who after fighting against the odds and overcoming hardships, are still pursuing their careers relentlessly.

Internshala, the internship and training platform, has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls (ICSG-2020). ICSG is an annual award of INR 25,000/- which is meant to help advance one girl’s career in her chosen field be it academics, sports, arts, or any other field. The scholarship will be awarded as an allowance for pursuing an internship or undertaking a project in the chosen field, payment towards a specialized training program, special equipment, etc.

Any Indian girl between the age group of 17 to 23 years is eligible to apply for the scholarship by 15th January 2020. To apply, the girls need to fill this form and state their career objective. The applications will be shortlisted based on four elements including the fight against odds, achievement, purpose, and need.

Internshala
Internshala, the internship and training platform, has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls (ICSG-2020). Pixabay

The inspiration for this scholarship lies in the sad coincidence that that Nirbhaya’s struggle for life ended on the same day that Internshala celebrated its 2nd anniversary (29th December 2012). Through ICSG, Internshala has been able to help girls who after fighting against the odds and overcoming hardships, are still pursuing their careers relentlessly.

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The winner of ICSG-2019 was Gazala Praveen from Sikta, West Champaran in Bihar. Gazala belongs to a family that still has the mindset of not educating girls and marrying them off early. Despite social and economical obstacles, she never gave up on her education.

For more details, visit: http://bit.ly/ICSG-2020