TechCrunch has a lengthy description of a Disney Summer Immersion program for female high school students that is part of the Girls Who Code initiative. The young women who participated got to interact with female workers at Disney, participate in hands-on learning activities and see a top-secret model of upcoming Star Wars attractions at the Disney parks. The goal of the program is to interest girls in technology careers, particularly programming and development.
“I already expected the girls to be brilliant, but was surprised by how much they grew over the course of a seven-week period. To see each of them start with little-to-no knowledge of computer science, and end the program creating mobile apps, websites and VR experiences was absolutely amazing,” said Sarah Tilley, a Disney vice president. “One thing that stood out was their genuine curiosity and comfort in interacting with our Disney employees and cast members. They asked really smart questions, which helped accelerate their learning. We’re excited to stay in touch with them, and also about the prospect to potentially welcome them back to the company one day.”