Girls Inc. of Carpinteria held a “coding party” recently in support of Made with Code, the Google initiative aimed to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers.
Approximately 25 local teenage girls, including current and former members of Girls Inc.’s Teen Program, participated in the workshop, putting their creative minds into high-gear and exploring the countless possibilities of what can be done through code. Following a brief overview about Made with Code and how coding touches every part of our world, the girls selected one of the five creative projects offered to jump into – from composing their own unique soundtrack to building an avatar with 3D personality – all through code. The workshops are designed to introduce girls to the field of computer science, to help spark and encourage their interests in science and technology.
“As parents, teachers and role models, we all have a responsibility to help make coding relevant and exciting for girls, and to provide them with just as much encouragement as we do for boys,” says Victoria Juarez, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Google’s Made with Code initiative falls in line with our commitment at Girls Inc. to teaching girls that no matter what they want to do with their futures, STEM skills—including computer science—can help them get there.”
During 2014, Girls Inc. has hosted coding parties throughout its network reaching thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming where girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. In addition, an intensive coding program will be piloted in early 2015.
Girls Inc. is also hosting similar coding workshops throughout this month in Ventura County, with its Juvenile Justice Program.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. They provide programs for girls 6 to 18 years old that focus on science, math, and technology; health and sexuality; economic and financial literacy; sports skills; leadership and advocacy; and media literacy. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 700 girls each year through a variety of programs, in which girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM.
For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria or its programs, please visit girlsinc-carp.org or call 805/684-6364.