Tech Scholars Program

Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment! Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change.

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Summer Program
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August 9, 2021 12:00 AM
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August 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment! Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Share under-told stories of women throughout history and code digital projects that make a difference in the world and help fight the gender gap.

  • Interact live with an instructor and a community of girls for optimal learning.
  • Pair program and collaborate with other teens learning to code online.
  • Learn coding (including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) to design and build your own digital projects—including games, apps, and websites.
  • Get mentored by a wide range of women leaders in technology, and learn about career options!

Tech Scholars Programs are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis. We are committed to making the program accessible to all girls.

Open to: High school girls, grades 9–12.

Questions? Contact teens@nyhistory.org.

Upcoming Tech Scholars ONLINE Programs for Teens:

Tech Scholars ONLINE: Web Design

Monday - Friday, August 9 – 13, 10 am - 3 pm EST (this program takes place online)


Participation is FREE for high school girls nationwide! Register here by July 1!


Where are all the women in history textbooks? Explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history, then code and create a website to amplify a woman’s story as you learn HTML and CSS.


Important support for Tech Scholars provided by the Robert K. Steel Family, AT&T, The Waterfall Family Foundation, Susan and Robert E. Klein, Sara Lee Schupf, Lori and Mark Fife, and Best Buy.


Mission: Tech Scholars has a mission to bridge the gender gap in technology, and to make coding accessible to girls through our unique humanities-based programs.  


What We Do: Tech Scholars engages girls in coding through passion projects in the humanities.  


Making Coding Accessible to Girls: In designing Tech Scholars, we deeply considered what research says about how to engage girls in coding. Research shows that girls are more likely to want to learn to code when it relates to changing the world in some way. Girls are also more likely to pursue coding when it relates to storytelling. Rather than teaching high school girls to “code for coding’s sake,” Tech Scholars create digital media projects that aim to have a social impact. Women’s stories and culturally responsive classes provide the hook for girls to get excited about learning to code: They express their ideas to make a difference in the world.  


Why it Matters: Tech Scholars was conceived in response to well-documented declines in girls’ engagement with computer science over the past decade as they advance through primary and secondary school. While over two-thirds of girls ages 6-12 report interest/enrollment in coding courses, that drops to less than one-third for girls ages 13-17. The tech sector has a trove of well-paid jobs, but women hold just 25% of tech jobs. Tech Scholars provides career and coding training that makes computer science careers more accessible for girls.  


Women Mentors: Tech Scholars is staffed by experienced women computer programmers who are experts in their fields. Students are also mentored by influential women in the technology field, who represent the many pathways for young women with coding skills. Our programs feature a career panel, speed networking, and daily engagement with mentors in technology who help girls learn how to code.  


Classes Designed for Girls: We create safe spaces for girls to learn to code and build confidence in a supportive, all-girl environment. Our programs are designed to meet the learning needs of girls who code, with hands-on projects, group work, and collaboration in every class.  


Our Impact: Our results show that passion projects in the humanities combined with learning to code dramatically improves outcomes for girls coding.  

  • ​100% of girls share they have learned to code
  • Over ⅔ of girls state, they are newly interested in entering the tech field or have a deepened interest
  • 96% of girls can correctly identify HTML syntax by the end of the program
  • 94% of girls can correctly debug a line of HTML code by the end of the program
  • 95% of girls can understand the function of CSS code in styling a webpage by the end of the program


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Tech Scholars Program
New-York Historical Society

Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment! Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change.

Register Now