At Martin Morigeau Elementary School (MMES), girls in grades 5-7 are seizing the opportunity to learn computer science skills. Through the international non-profit Girls Who Code (GWC), teachers from MMES and summer interns from Columbia Lake Technology Center are running a lunchtime coding club. Seeking to close this field’s gender gap, GWC supports girls and builds computer science interest. Girls Who Code participants are significantly more likely to major in Computer Science – according to their website they do so at 15x the national average! Columbia Lake Technology Center is thrilled to be helping provide this education opportunity to local students.
“girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.” – girlwhocode.com
“In Clubs, girls engage in fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design real-world problems facing their communities” – girlswhocode.com
Along with teaching code & inspiring students, the GWC club builds students’ soft skills. Each activity focuses on bravery, resilience, creativity, or purpose – skills that are important for any computer scientist! Students take time to acknowledge how they and their teammates have used these skills to better their projects. Columbia Lake Technology Center prizes the ability to tackle new challenges in creative ways and sees the focus of “bravery, resilience, creativity, and purpose” as critical to technology. The coding ability and skillsets that Girls Who Code clubs provide give these girls a leg up in a fun hobby or a potential career. We’re happy to be helping teach these students and are looking forward to seeing how they will push the technology field further.