Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

The Watertown Public Library is hosting a free Girls Who Code Club. This club serves girls in grades 6 to 12 and aims to inspire, educate, and equip them with computing skills for the 21st century. Beginning in October 2019, we will meet for 2 hours each Thursday, and follow a curriculum published by the national Girls Who Code organization.

Why it Matters

  • Women make up half of the U.S workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
  • In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science.
  • While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

Working in Scratch, JavaScript, AppInventor, and HTML/CSS, we build a range of projects from graphics to video games to artificial intelligence to cryptography. We also host guest speakers, go on field trips, and develop soft skills like collaborating and presenting your work. Club volunteers are passionate about closing the gender gap in technology and getting girls into this rewarding field.

For More Information

For more information on the club or on Girls Who Code's national organization contact us via email or call the Teen Desk: 617-972-6437. There will be an informational meeting for parents and girls on Thursday, September 26, 7 pm, at the Watertown Free Public Library. 

Registration

Click here to register online. Space is limited.