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Girls Who Code of Howard County Spring 2020—Middle School

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USRA STEMaction Center

7178 Columbia Gateway Drive

Columbia, MD 21046

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Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization aimed at closing the gender gap in technology. This out-of-school program teaches girls teamwork, time management, communication skills, and confidence through computer science. Our club provides activities that support sisterhood along with structured curriculum to introduce and expose girls to the fundamental concepts of programming.

Eligibility: Girls Who Code is open by enrollment only to all girls in grades 6–8. All interested participants who identify as female are encouraged to enroll. No experience necessary.

Cost: Our club is FREE. All instruction, materials, and curriculum are generously provided by Girls Who Code. Donations are encouraged and appreciated to cover the cost of computing equipment, insurance, and activities. Parent involvement is priceless, and we have volunteer opportunities for parents to assist with meeting snacks, special event planning, and transportation to occasional off-campus events. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate your interest on the form below.

Schedule: We meet weekly on Sundays from 3 to 5 pm at the USRA STEMaction Center in Columbia. We ask participants to commit to attend at least five of the scheduled meetings, barring unforeseen circumstances. Our meeting dates are:

  • Feb. 23—Arrive early at 2:30 pm for registration and setup
  • March 1
  • March 8
  • March 15—No club, we encourage girls to attend the GirlPower workshop at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
  • March 22
  • March 29
  • April 5—No club, spring break
  • April 12—No club, spring break
  • April 19
  • April 26
  • May 3—Graduation and Club Showcase

Instructors:
Chen Tian
has been a volunteer facilitator for Girls Who Code for since Fall 2017 (5 semesters) and a co-lead instructor of the Girls Who Code Middle School program since Fall 2018 (3 semesters). She graduated from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and finance and works at an asset management firm as a quantitative analyst. She has experience in Java, C, .Net C#, C++, JavaScript, SQL, R, Python, MatLab - though recently, more focused on R and Python.

This is Emily Schweich’s sixth semester as a volunteer facilitator for Girls Who Code. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, certificate in women's studies, and minor in vocal performance from the University of Maryland. She works in communications at a trade association in Washington, D.C., and is passionate about cultivating diversity in technology.

About Tech Changers Inc.: TechChangers is a 501c(3) focused on creating a diverse community of youth makers, technologists, leaders, and innovators by providing all students, especially underrepresented and socioeconomically challenged groups, with opportunities to discover and foster their passion for STEM and computing. We offer a variety of no-cost workshops for students of all genders and ages. Learn more at techchangers.org.

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