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Girls Who Code Club

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Girls Who Code (GWC) Clubs are free extracurricular programs for 3rd-12th grade girls that teach participants about computer science (CS) in a fun and safe environment! They serve as a safe place for girls to spend time together, learning about CS and building their confidence. Clubs provide participants with a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and an opportunity to use their skills to positively impact their community.

The Valparaiso University (Valpo) after school program will run during the fall term, September 12th – November 21st. The club will be led by Club Coordinator Dr. Ruth Wertz, and facilitated by Valparaiso University student volunteers using curriculum provided by Girls Who Code on their web-based learning platform. Participants will be required to create a free online account as part of participation in this program. The Girls Who Code curriculum is designed for age groups in grades 3-5 and grades 6-12. Participants will be divided into groups accordingly. The club curriculum is cumulative from week to week, so regular weekly attendance is highly encouraged.

CLUB MEETING DETAILS

The first meeting will be on Thursday, September 12th from 4:00-5:00pm and will run weekly through November 21st (excluding October 10th). Participation is free, but pre-registration is required.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO JOIN?

All 3rd – 12th grade girls are eligible to join a Girls Who Code Club! The Girls Who Code mission is particularly designed to serve girls who:

  • Are underrepresented in computer science and technology fields in terms of race, creed, or background.
  • Have little to no access or exposure to computer science education in school.
  • Are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch.
  • Identify as female, regardless of gender assignment at birth or legal recognition.

Please direct all registration questions to Dr. Ruth Wertz at egear@valpo.edu or 219-464-6965.

Interested in other STEM outreach programs for girls? Try our EGEAR summer camp information. 

Looking for opportunities for boys too?  Check out the Summer Smart Summer Fun or All About Art summer camps at VU.