Girls Make Apps
Interview with Malavika Vivek By Talya Slezak and Grace Kelly
Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech
1. What was the inspiration for starting your organization?
As an eight grader, I made the decision to go to a STEM focused high school after discovering my passion for technology. One of the things that really pushed me to go to this school was the prospect of finding a community of girls who were passionate about the same things I loved that I could go with to tech competitions and conferences. However, I soon found that a lot of my female peers viewed tech as an unwelcoming field and were disinterested in attending events that they thought would be male-dominated. This led to me asking the question: where is the community? Girls Make Apps was created after my cofounder (also a high school woman in tech) and I discussed how creating free accessible programs would work to create a positive first experience in tech for girls while building a more inclusive culture in the industry.
2. How has the program been beneficial to you or other girls involved?
The program has been really beneficial and just a huge learning experience for me. When we started in 2016, I had no idea of what response to expect from our middle school participants. In our first camp, an eight-week program that combine android app development and social impact, I was blown away by the creativity and brilliance of these middle school girls. They have really taught me that anyone can make change happen if they are passionate about it. Girls Make Apps has really benefited these girls too by giving them an opportunity to discover their passion for tech. We really hope that girls from our camps leave inspired and knowing that they are capable of anything.
3. Why would you encourage young girls to become interested in science, math or technology?
Science, math and technology are more than just the future; they are fields with so many opportunities for success. At Girls Make Apps, we strive to show girls the many facets of technology and how it can be applied to virtually any field, from fashion to cinema. There is a really a world of possibilities in STEM and it is the perfect route for young girls to further their natural curiosity and create an impact on the world around them.
4. How can girls become involved?
Girls can become involved through any of the great, free resources available on the internet today. Using websites like Code.org and Made With Code, anyone can start learning how to code in just a few hours. Participating in the computer science classes offered at your school or joining an after school tech club are all great ways to start learning as well. Lastly, find out more about Girls Make Apps events in your area or donate to our cause at girlsmakeapps.org.
Have a Better Beach Day
Article by Grace Kelly, Images of Jillian Cardinal
This article helps with several tips and tricks to better your beach day! First, if you have sand stuck to your feet, baby powder will help clean them. If your baby powder contains cornstarch, sprinkling it on your sandy feet will get it all off. If your hair becomes damaged at the beach, apply leave - in - conditioner to treat it. Already damaged saltwater hair can be restored with coconut oil and restrictions on the amount of heat you expose your hair two. The sun can damage hair, so using a hair dryer on low is the best option.
Salt water also irritates shaved legs. Baby oil will keep your legs sting-free. If you get sunburn, you can make your own green tea skin cooler. Steep a green tea bag in a cup of cold water for a few hours, then apply to your irritated areas of skin. The antioxidants in the tea will soothe and relieve inflamed skin.
Other household materials, such as yogurt, honey, and baby wipes, can reduce stinging. Chilling your sunscreen before applying can cool down your body as well. Placing you phone in a Ziploc bag keeps it waterproof and sand proof. This allows you to be able to see and use the phone without the risk of exposing it to the water or sand.
Cheap, plain sunglasses and beach bags are easily transformed into a fashion statement with ribbon, rhinestones, glitter, or nail polish. Adding simple tassels to your beach bag is a simple, yet cute easy to add a pop of color. Take a group of string, fold it in half, tie a small piece of string around it, and cut to the length you want for a simple tassel. Seashell necklaces are also super cute and fun! Many shells can be found with small holes already in them.
Hopefully some of these tips and tricks can increase your fun in the sun!
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.