Join UWM’s 2017-18 Girls Who Code Club
Our classes for 2017 are now filled. If you wish to be contacted in case there’s an opening, please fill out the registration form.
Computing skills are some of the most sought-after in the U.S. job market, with demand growing at three times the national average. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29 percent of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just three percent, pointing to a huge opportunity for today’s middle and high school girls.
Nationally-recognized, Girls Who Code was founded to close the gender gap in technology, inspiring, engaging and educating girls.
Our Fall 2017 session will consist of 12 Fridays, from September 1 to December 1 with breaks on October 6 and November 24. They will be held at the EMS building from 6 to 8 pm.
We will run two classes:
Level 1A will teach the basics of Python and does not require any prior coding experience. It will be based on the Python 1 module of Codesters.
In Spring 2018, we plan to run Level 1B and Level 2B which are continuations of Level 1A and Level 2A respectively.
Students who completed Level 1A in Fall 2017 or Fall 2016 should can join the the Level 1B class. Similarly, students who completed Level 2A in Fall 2017 or Fall 2016 should join the Level 2B class.
Learn more about the Girls Who Code movement here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do the classes cost anything?
Participants are asked to contribute $20/month toward club snacks and other costs.
What age girls can attend?
The classes are geared toward girls in grades 6-12, but if younger girls are able to learn in this environment, they are welcome.
Can boys participate?
The activities and outreach are aimed toward girls, because we wish to increase the number of girls interested in computing, but we will not turn boys away.
Can adults participate?
These classes are for students still in school. If older people wish to participate, see one of the volunteers for other opportunities.
Will you have club meetings over summer?
No, but UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science is sponsoring EnQuest, an all-girl engineering summer camp.
What feedback did you receive after prior classes? Students and parents overwhelmingly gave thumbs up to the inaugural sessions! We’re making tweaks to make the experience even better, but the following comment reflects much of the feedback: “I liked how we got to hang out with the same gender only and the lessons. I got to learn a lot of new coding things and I also got to know a lot more people.”
Any other questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.