According to the documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, by the year 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in “computing-related fields.” As we wrote back in April, less than 29 percent will be filled by Americans, and of those Americans, less than 3 percent will be women.
Jewelbots, a wearable technology company cofounded by Sara Chipps, Brooke Moreland, and Maria Paula Saba, aims to change that dismal number one friendship bracelet at a time.
The creators describe the elastic hair tie-like pieces of jewelry as, “friendships bracelets that teach girls to code.” Using the Jewelbots app, tweens and teens can program their bracelets to light up when friends are near by or send secret Morse code messages to each other. On the surface, that sounds pretty simple, but according to the Jewelbots’ Kickstarter site, once the gals get the hang of using their bracelet, they can use the Arduino software to hook up their Jewelbots to just about anything. Through the power of coding they can set up Instagram notifications, weather updates, send text messages, and even fly a drone! The open source model encourages teens to create and innovate. Learn more about the cool company in the YouTube video below.