Mina Shokoufandeh remembers sitting in STEM classes, surrounded by all boys, and being told she’s not very good at math.

“Being told from a young age that you're not good at something can really be damaging,” she said.

With this in mind, Sydney Gibbard, a biomedical engineering and pre-medicine student at Penn State Schreyer Honors College, and Shokoufandeh, a biomedical sciences student at Tufts University, established Girls Code the World while juniors at The Pennington School in New Jersey in 2018.

The nonprofit aims to get more young women working in science, technology, engineering and math fields by giving them more opportunities and resources through education programs and mentorships. The group is currently running its summer programs at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

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