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Supermodel Karlie Kloss launches coding summer camp for young women

Almost 80 young girls will benefit from the coding program.

Feb 29, 2020, 9:20 am*

Tech

Selena Larson 

Selena Larson

Karlie Kloss wants to teach young women how to code. The supermodel launched the Kode with Klossy summer camp, bringing coding education to almost 80 young women in New York, Los Angeles, and Kloss’s hometown of St. Louis. 

The two-week programs created in partnership with CSNYC and the Flatiron School will teach a curriculum designed with the help of Kloss. Students will build Web apps with Ruby, and Kloss herself will make an appearance and help build apps alongside the young women.

“The Kode With Klossy curriculum, powered by the learn.co platform and taught by inspiring teachers, is designed to be fun, hands-on and collaborative,” Kloss said in a blog post announcing the program. “Through teamwork and creativity, each student will learn how to use code to build a web app that expresses her personal passions.”

Kloss is a coder, too. She’s taking programming courses through the Flatiron School, and last year, Kloss provided scholarships to 21 young women to take the same introductory coding program she did. 

The summer camp is meant to encourage young women to pursue computer science, a field in which women are largely underrepresented. Just 18 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women, and representation at tech companies is just as low. At Google, for instance, 18 percent of technical roles are held by women.

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*First Published: Apr 1, 2016, 2:26 pm