Learn to Code and Change the World. Join UWM’s Girls Who Code Club.
In 2017, only one of four people in the computing workforce was a woman. This leaves critical voices out of the conversation and limits creativity and innovation in technology. Computer science enables those who study it to pursue many different interests, including business, medicine, design, fashion and teaching.
Did you know that software engineers are also among the highest paid individuals out of college?
To encourage interest by girls in computing and all of the opportunities it provides, UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science hosts a Girls Who Code Club during the academic year. The program is led by computer science faculty; female instructors are UWM computer science students.
Girls who’ve participated in UWM’s Girls Who Code Club have enjoyed coding’s creativity–and discovering their abilities in and creating and writing code as well as the ways they already think like computer scientists. They also make connections with other girls who are “figuring out” coding in a relaxed atmosphere. Did we mention that there are lots of snacks and laughs, too?!
The Spring 2020 session will run for 12 weeks, beginning January 24 and ending on April 24, with breaks on March 20 (UWM Spring Break), and April 10 (MPS Spring Break). Classes are held at the Engineering & Mathematical Sciences building (3200 N. Cramer Street, Milwaukee), on the UWM campus and are offered Friday nights from 6 to 8 pm.
We have openings for 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.
- Level 3A will teach intermediate Python programming and requires some coding experience.
Christine Cheng, Associate Professor, Computer Science talks about Girls Who Code on WUWM 89.7 FM’s “UWM Today.” Listen Now.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do the classes cost anything?
Our classes are free but we welcome donations for food, supplies, t-shirts and instructors. In the past we charged $5 per meeting.
What age girls can attend?
The classes are geared toward girls in grades 5-12, 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 have you received? Students and parents overwhelmingly give thumbs up to the experience.
- From a student’s perspective: “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.”
- A parent’s perspective: “…it is important that she sees herself as someone who could (in the future) create something cool rather than just waiting for someone else to create it.”
Any other questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.