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Program Gets Women Coding With Nasa Data

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The 2016 Datanauts class.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has named 44 women and five men as 2016 participants of its Datanauts program.

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The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently named 49 participants to its 2016 Datanauts program, which aims to give more women the opportunity to use its data and code with it.

The participants, who have varying levels of programming and data science experience, will be presented with advanced, month-long challenges that will build their coding skills.

NASA came up with the idea for the program after realizing participants in its International Space Apps Challenge were overwhelmingly male.

Some of the challenges the participants will face over the course of the six-month program are from Space Apps, while others are designed specifically for Datanauts.

The sophomore class consists of mostly adults, but includes some university students and one high school student, from across the U.S.

The founding class was all female, but there are five men in the group this year.

The inaugural Datanauts class advised the team on how to design the program, says Beth Beck in the Office of the CIO at NASA.

The Datanauts also will participate in a one-day boot camp to help prepare them for Space Apps and will have the opportunity to use specially designed toolkits to plan events in their own communities.

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