This past October, Ford Motor Company hosted Karlie Kloss and a group of Kode with Klossy scholars for a day of coding and inspiration from Ford’s women in tech, at the new Ford Corktown Office in downtown Detroit.
The Ford engineers, along with Karlie and the Kode With Klossy team worked with the girls and helped open their eyes to the possibilities of a career in STEAM. Throughout the day, the scholars participated in a series of challenges in areas like robotics, programming and VR. At the end of the day, the girls heard from a panel of female Ford engineers and executive leaders who encouraged the scholars to pursue their passions in tech.
“As a female leader in mobility at Ford Motor Company, it is important to share my experience with young girls interested in a STEAM career,” Marcy Klevorn, Executive Vice President and President of Mobility at Ford Motor Company. “Each scholar was so passionate and engaged throughout the day, and I can’t wait to see what their futures hold.”
Along with the scholar experience day in Detroit, Ford collaborated with Omaze on a social campaign to raise funds for Kode with Klossy. Through the campaign, Omaze site visitors were given the opportunity to donate to the coding camps in exchange for a sweepstakes entry for a chance to win a 2019 Ford Mustang. The winner, chosen at random, will be flown out to Detroit in April of this year to tour the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and discuss how they plan to personalize their new Mustang, over lunch, with Karlie Kloss.
As a result of the funds raised from the Omaze campaign and Ford's sponsorship, the 2019 Kode With Klossy camp scholarships, helping nearly 1,000 young women across the 16 listed cities, as well as providing a significant investment in teacher training and curriculum.
Kode With Klossy empowers girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech. Founded in 2015, when Karlie Kloss began learning to code, Kode With Klossy hosts summer coding camps for girls aged 13–18 and fosters a national community, furthering opportunities for girls in tech. Kode With Klossy and Ford Steam Experience are both committed to empowering girls to pursue their passions in STEAM. That’s why Ford was so excited to help expand the Kode With Klossy summer coding camps, through a multi-year partnership—strengthening abilities, boosting confidence and empowering each girl to create her own future.