Girls Who Code is a nationwide program with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. This year, WISE completed its first semester of a Girls Who Code club at the University of Arizona. Hosted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon, this year six girls ages 12-18 signed up as the first cohort. Along with spending time doing sisterhood activities designed to encourage comradery and facilitate group collaboration, participants also learned Core4 coding skills using Scratch and Python.
Vera Thornton, a graduating senior majoring in math and neuroscience, with a minor in biochemistry, was one of twelve college women who volunteered to facilitate GWC activities. Vera explained, "I didn't learn how to code until after I started college, but even in this short time it has become one of my most useful skills. It's pretty powerful to be able to look at a problem and create the tool you need to solve it. I think of some of the things that kept me from learning to code sooner, and I hope I can make it a little easier on other young women by being a facilitator for GWC." If you know someone who would like to participate in Girls Who Code, please visit http://wise.arizona.edu/wise.arizona.edu/girlswhocode or email Program Supervisor Allison Dumka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the Rebecca Fund held at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona whose support is making Girls Who Code possible in the 2017-2018 academic year!