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 2023 is open.

Download a flyer here.

Classes will be held in person at the EMS building of UW-Milwaukee (3200 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee 53211) and online via Zoom.

  • 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 10 and ending April 28, with breaks on March 24 and April 7.

In-Person and Online Classes Offered:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Coding IN-PERSON Class (little to no experience with coding). Students will use the Codesters platform to learn coding with Python.
  • Level 1: Introduction to Coding ONLINE Class (little to no experience with coding). Students will use Codesters platform to learn coding with Python.
  • Level 2 Web Programming ONLINE Class (some coding experience assumed). Students will learn Javascript, CSS and HTML.
  • Game Development IN-PERSON Class (some programming experience assumed). Students must be 7th grade or higher to join this class. They will use the Gamemaker platform to create games. 
  • CAD Drawing and Design IN-PERSON Class. Students must be 7th grade or higher to join the class. They will use Creo to create and model solid figures and 3D-print some of them in the College of Engineering & Applied Science Makerspace.

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.”