San Marino High School seniors Kristine Chelakkat, left, and Kat Chen made a presentation at the April 11 school board meeting on ‘Girls Who Code,’ an on-campus club that encourages female students to embrace computer sciences.
Just 18 percent of computer science college graduates are female. That number has actually decreased over the past 20 years, as it used to be at least 37 percent back in 1984. San Marino High School graduates Jessica Kam and Harika Kalidhindi noticed the large disparity between women and men in the computer science field. The teens started a local chapter of the Girls Who Code Club at San Marino High School in August, 2015.
San Marino’s club recently branched out from computer science to electrical engineering in the form of learning basic circuits. Kristine and Kat – who is president of the club – explained plans for a high-tech vending machine to the school board and district staff.