Teach a girl to code & she'll change the world
Girls Who Code is a free after-school programs for Waterbury high school girls aimed at teaching participants about computer science in a fun and safe environment
To sign up for this program, contact Olivia Dudley at Waterbury Youth Services 203-573-0264
Closing the gender gap in technology
Why It Matters
Information technology (IT) is a booming sector of the economy. All professions, including traditionally female professions in health and education, are being reimagined through technology. Those with IT abilities will enjoy a distinct advantage in the job market.
But girls are lagging behind. Nationally, computer programming classes attract 20% of the boys but fewer than 10% of girls. And while 20% of male college freshmen intend to major in computer science, only 4% of females do (National Center for Women & Information Technology).
A recent informal survey of Waterbury students revealed similar disparities.
Waterbury Youth Services will help close this gender gap through a new after-school IT club based on the nationally acclaimed Girls Who Code program for high school students.
Over the course of 35 weeks, club members will learn computer software on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab of WYS. In addition to learning code, club members will participate in field trips, team projects, and hear from multiple guest speakers in IT. Graduates will demonstrate mastery of beginner coding through their ability to complete the curriculum, and to develop, as a team, a project such as a website, app, or game. Club members will submit their project to Girls Who Code, Inc. which publishes top projects on its website.
How To Apply
This after-school club is limited to 14 Waterbury high school students. The first club meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2018. To enroll, contact Olivia Dudley at 203-573-0264 x 318.