This week the girls went over Scratch, a visual programming language. They learned the basics of programming and created their first programs, including a paddle ball game, jukebox machine, etc.
This week the girls learned their first commercially used language: Python! This was their first experience with syntax errors, but they also got to do cool projects such as Text Adventure and Obamicon.
This week we started Object Orientated Programming. The girls used pygame to make bouncy ball and snow animations. They also made a cool Pokemon text based game.
The girls learned HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, and Google Maps API to create their very own personal portfolio. They also used their new knowledge to create a website to raise awareness about global issues.
This week the girls learned the basics of robotics. After learning about circuits, they made their arduinos dance, sing and escape a maze.
“ Even as a person that hasn't thought about where ideas come from, I really enjoyed Inhi Cho Suh's speech. My take on her message was that my job is to share my ideas while also being inclusive of everyone (whoever I meet as well as my circle) because ideas come from a variety of people. Inhi has given me inspiration to never give up what I want to practice because in five to eight years, it is possible to master a subject. I'm very grateful that she took time to talk to my class when she was so busy. ” — Mei Xiu Amy Zhang
“ Amelie Lemont talked about her experience and the different subjects she tried before having a career in tech field. She inspired me to try multiple things before making final decisions and not limiting myself to just one thing. ” — Rimsha Razi
“ Lisa Seacat DeLuca is commonly known as the most prolific female inventor in IBM history, having filed over 400 patents, and we were lucky enough to hear her speak about her journey! Lisa talked about how she accomplished her dream of balancing work that she loved and spending time with her two sets of twins by working from home. She is an inspiring role model who has reminded us to work to overcome the gender gap and pursue our dreams. ” — Amanda Yao
“ Masha Gindler's talk made me more confident about my ability to pursue a career in computer science. I related to the experiences that she shared with us. She was a very engaging speaker, and it was a privilege to hear from and speak with her. ” — Diana Baxter
“ Laura Plybon is a software development manager who works for Amazon. She came to talk to our class about being a software engineer and the unusual start she had to her technology orientated career. Laura was originally an art student, but switched to engineering. She encouraged our class to consider joining the technology field and combine our interests into technology’s many branches of work. ” — Eden Lawson
“ Thank you so much for coming in Susan [Malaika] . It was really eye-opening to learn about the Saudi Arabian culture. Additionally, thank you for answering all of my questions. I know that my class now possesses so much more knowledge about computer science and traveling. ” — Michelle Polyanskiy
“IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 375,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. ” — IBM on Linkedin
“GCT is a community of startups and strategic partners that breaks from the traditional accelerator model by providing an unparalleled value proposition. Accepted companies receive FREE office space for a YEAR with ZERO equity fee to participate. We surround these companies with the best possible resources in a program tailor-made to each. ” — Grand Central Tech Website
“Girls Who Code has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. That’s progress! I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to close the gender gap in tech — we’re actually doing it. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. Like us, you believed in girls’ unlimited potential. Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech. ” — Reshma Saujani, founder of GWC
It was the best of summers. It was the sweetest of summers.