Park Middle School Girls Who Code Club Graduates 13

The Park Middle School Girls Who Code Club graduated 13 coders from their 2016-2017 class. Throughout the academic year, girls from grades 5 through 8 met once a week after school and were introduced to computer science concepts. The club year concludes with a “CS (Computer Science) Impact Project,” where they design, build, and test code they developed applying computer science concepts to solve a problem relevant to the classroom and community. This year’s club community-focused problem was bullying.
At their club graduation held on June 6th, coders from Park Middle School, initially having minimal to no exposure to computer science, showcased 8 CS Impact Projects that were created using Scratch and Python. Each project adopted a unique approach bringing attention to anti-bullying in their community, raising situational awareness through interactive animations, quizzes, and games coded by club members.
To complete the project, Club members learned the Core4 computer science concepts throughout the academic year that form the basis for all computer programming languages, loops, variables, conditionals, and functions.
ABOUT GIRLS WHO CODE Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century careers.

(above) Dr. Jocelyn Dumaresq (far right), Principal of Park Middle School with club members at their graduation.

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