Girls Who Code: Local chapter highlight
Discover the Girls Who Code chapters in Ting towns.
Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization on a mission to close the gender gap in tech.
In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, that number has dropped to 24%. We’re determined to reverse this trend and start seeing more women entering the field. Knowing that we most often lose these promising potential coders between the ages of 13 and 17, Girls Who Code offers opportunities for teenage and preteen girls to explore and learn coding in a fun and friendly environment. Here are some of the local chapters that are doing amazing work in Ting towns!
Ms. Ferreria at Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex, NC, runs a local chapter of Girls Who Code for fifth graders. She is also the Robotics/Coding Club lead and head of the school’s Garden Club.
To support Ms. Ferreria in her amazing efforts to provide a rich learning environment, visit her website.
Two years ago, four Girls Who Code clubs launched in Cherry Creek Schools. Read more about how students are being inspired at Liberty, Infinity, Laredo and West Middle Schools.
Thanks to one Hamilton High School sophomore taking matters into her own hands, the school now has a Girls Who Code chapter. Club members build coding skills and community as they complete coding projects. Free curriculum, meeting guides, tutorials, and facilitator support are all provided.
The Canyon Crest Academy Girls Who Code chapter meets at lunchtime on Thursdays, with a stated aim “to encourage more girls to explore the computer science and engineering fields.” Find out more at their website.
Local Girls Who Code chapters are community led. If you are interested in starting a Girls Who Code chapter, visit https://girlswhocode.com/get-involved/start-a-club.
In many of our Ting communities that don’t yet have an accessible GWC chapter, there are other local programs doing great things in STEM education!
MAGIC’s Spire Girls Project introduces middle school and high-school girls to the opportunities available to young women in the STEM fields. Spire encourages girls to aSpire to succeed and InSpire others to follow in their footsteps. Find out more here.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition in which high school students emulate IT professionals tasked with managing and protecting the network of a small company. Sandpoint High proudly enters its own team, established in 2015, into the annual competition.
There are a number of Girls Who Code clubs listed in Alexandria, but unfortunately, none of them currently have active facilitators. Interested in starting one yourself or know someone who might be? Starting a brand new club is easy; find out how here. Or if you’re involved with any of the following institutions, here’s your opportunity to help continue the great work that’s already been started!
Thomas A. Edison High School (grades 6-12)
5801 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
School clubs page
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library (grades 3-5 and 6-12)
5005 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Charlottesville’s existing Girls Who Code club also needs a facilitator. Is it you?
Stone-Robinson Elementary School
958 N. Milton Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911
You can also support Girls Who Code by entering the Ting Back to School Prize Pack giveaway, which includes a travel backpack, Chromebook, reusable smart notebook and portable charger. For each person that enters the giveaway, Ting will donate $5 to Girls Who Code!