Girls (and Guys) Who Code
MODERATORS: MRS. KAREN DECKER & MS. HOLLY HERBERTSON
The Girls Who Code (GWC) Club at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School is a chapter of the national organization. The SLS Club was started in the 2017-18 academic year by a senior girl who was inspired by the national organization's goal––to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls (and Guys) Who Code is open to 9-12 grade boys and girls and provides students a safe environment to learn and enhance their skills in computer programming processes and coding.
In its first year, GWC learned HTML and CSS coding practices to develop a website compete with six pages to help SLS students prepare for standardized tests including the SATs and ACTs and to more efficiently search for college scholarship opportunities. Check out their website HERE.
In 2018-19, members used Thunkables, a mobile app development tool to develop Rebel...lion, an app that helps students in the SLS community find timely information about clubs, athletics, nearby businesses, churches, bell schedules, dress code policies and more to encourage compliance, participation and community involvement. The club also learned about 3D printing and coding to maneuver simple robots.
Many members of GWC experience computer programming processes and development for the first time through the club. The goal is to foster an environment where girls can be passionate about coding, build confidence in their computing skills, and close the gender gap of women pursuing and graduating college with a computer science degree.
Why it Matters
The national organization of Girls Who Code was founded in 2012 with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today's job market. What began with 20 girls in the heart of New York City, GWC reached 40,000 girls (and guys!) in all 50 U.S. states by the end of 2018. Girls everywhere are united by their passion to use technology to solve problems in their day-to-day lives and make a positive impact on the world, helping to close the gap of women working in a technology field. Below are some graphics from the national organization's website to illustrate some important statistics.