Some city students got creative with computers Saturday thanks to the nonprofit "Black Girls Code."
Seventy young girls that are part of the organization's newly formed New York chapter took part in a day-long phone app-building workshop at Google's Chelsea offices.
The goal of the group is to get more girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and begin to close the digital gender divide.
"We are losing so many girls to science and the mathematics and technology," said Public Advocate-elect Letitia James. "Unfortunately, boys are winning out, and primarily, it's because we don't really market to young ladies, and particularly, girls of color, in the city of New York.
"I always wanted to learn how to code but never had the chance to, so this is my first time," said one participant. "It's really cool."
"Well, coding is just really cool," said another. "I was never a tech person, but now, I really think it's awesome, and maybe one day, I'll start doing it when I get older."
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