On April 26, 42 middle- and high-school girls completed a Girls Who Code class at UWM, aided by 13 student volunteers –most of whom are studying computer science—and three instructors (pictured).
The UWM chapter of this national, non-profit organization, which is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by educating girls through grades 6-12, was started in January 2016 by Christine Cheng, associate professor, computer science and GWC site administrator, and John Boyland, professor and department co-chair, electrical engineering & computer science.
Since then, about 50 students have enrolled in each cohort.
Cheng discussed the challenges and solutions of bringing more girls into STEM related fields in an interview on the UWM program “UWM Today.” She was joined by Emily Berens, associate lecturer of digital studio practice at the Peck School of the Arts.
The national GWC organization partially funds UWM’s chapter. Donations are always appreciated. To learn more about how to support UWM’s Girls Who Code Chapter, please contact Jean Opitz, development director, firstname.lastname@example.org.