Oh, Karlie. Let us count the ways we love thee. The 22-year-old is already a ballerina, fitness ambassador, ultra-famous model and professional baker, but it looks like she’s about to add another talent to her resumé: coding expert. Kloss just released a video with the Flatiron School in New York encouraging girls to come code with her this summer. The best part? She’s footing the bill.
In a video advocating the school’s summer program she introduces the #KodeWithKarlie scholarship. She and the school will select 10 girls (ages 13-18) to attend the school’s NYC location and 10 girls to attend Flatiron’s other locations across the US. They’ll be enrolled in a two-week class, which will teach them the building blocks of code. They’ll even learn how to develop their own app. Girls can apply by submitting a 60-second video of themselves explaining how they’ll use their “coding superpowers.”
If you’re under the impression Flatiron School has just partnered with Karlie to add some appeal to their program, make no mistake, this isn’t just a publicity stunt. The supermodel has been learning to code for some time now. She recently completed the same program she’s advertising and was also involved in Code.org’s Hour of Code campaign. She has even shared a video on Instagram of a drone she programmed to deliver one of her Karlie’s Kookies (send some of those our way, girl).
In the #KodeWithKarlie promo video she tells candidates, “I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we as young women have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like.” So whatcha waiting for girls? Applications are due May 1, so you’d better get those cameras rolling.
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