Hear more about the Girls Who Code Club

Empowering girls in grades 5-12 to learn about computer science and how to write computer code while making connections with other girls who also think creatively. Led by female computer science faculty and college students in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Classes are free, though donations are welcome for food, supplies, t-shirts and instructors.

Registration for Spring 2022 is now closed.

All classes for spring 2022 will be held online via Zoom, with real-time instructors and assistance.

  • The classes are open to students from 5th to 12th grade.
  • All classes are held Friday nights from 6 to 8 pm.
  • The session will run for 10 weeks, beginning February 4 and ending on April 22, with two breaks on March 18 and 25

Three classes are offered:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Python programming. This section is ideal for those with little or no coding experience.
  • Level 2: Intermediate Python. This class is suitable for GWC returning students who have completed our level 1 class or students with basic programming knowledge.
  • Programming with Unity: An introduction to code and develop a game. This class is a good fit for students interested in game design, and a little coding experience is required. To be qualified for taking this class, the students must have some prior programming experience. A PC or laptop is required for this class because Chromebook is not compatible with Unity. 

If you are interested in enrolling in Fall 2022 classes, please submit the information below.

Girls Who Code Interest Fall 2022

We'll contact you when registration for the next session opens.

Girls Who Code classes are usually held in spring and fall during the school year on Friday nights from 6-8 pm.

Questions? email girls-who-code@uwm.edu

Hear a WUWM Lake Effect interview on how Girls Who Code has adapted during the pandemic
Listen to a podcast about Girls Who Code
Read about a student from Kenya who participated in Girls Who Code

“I use the computer for school, and I wanted to understand more about how they work,” said Elsie Maingi, who is 10 years old and lives in Nairobi.

However, computer classes in Kenya were geared to high school students and business people and were usually quite expensive, said her mother, Lilian Wangechi.

So in the fall of 2020, they turned to Google and found the free Girls Who Code program at UWM. Because of the time difference, Elsie got up at 2 a.m. for every class during that semester and the spring 2021 semester. Read more here.

Also printed in the Milwaukee Times.

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 Students and Parents are Saying

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.”