CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host 25 Hamilton County students next week to teach them the basics of computer programming.
This is the second year BlueCross has hosted the event and organizers are excited to announce that half of the students participating this year are female.
According to a CNBC report, 37 percent of all computer-science graduates in 1984 were women, but today that number is just 18 percent. Just 20 percent of AP Computer Science test-takers are female, and 0.4 percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science, but many leading companies are taking proactive measures to shrink the gender gap.
Throughout the week, students will work with professional developers at BlueCross to gain hands-on experience and learn about the computer science industry. On the final day, the student coders will present a project to their parents and a panel of judges who will select winners in a variety of categories.
What: Code Camp
When: Monday — Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
1 Cameron Hill Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37402
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.