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Girls (And Guys) Who Code

Moderator: Mrs. Karen Decker

The Girls Who Code (GWC) club at Seton LaSalle is a chapter of the national Girls Who Code organization. The SLS club was started at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. It is led by a senior girl who with membership ranging between 10 and 12 students (freshmen to seniors). The goal of the national organization and its chapters is to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. we do this by providing young women a safe environment for them to learn or enhance their skills in computer programming processes and coding. In the first year, the club learned HTML and CSS coding practices to develop a website complete with 6 pages to help Seton LaSalle students prepare for standardized tests including the SATs and ACTs and also to more efficiently search for college scholarships. Click HERE to see their site.

This year, the members are using a mobile app development tool (Thunkables) to develop a mobile app (Rebel...lion) that will help students in the Seton LaSalle community find timely information about clubs, athletics, nearby businesses, churches, class bell schedules, dress code policies, etc. to encourage compliance, participation and community involvement. The club is also learning about 3D printing and possibly coding to maneuver simple robots. Because many of the grade schools that feed into our Catholic community do not have unlimited funding for STEM activities, joining the GWC is the first time our students have been exposed to computer programming processes and development tools. The goal of the club 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. Computing is where the jobs are, and that is why this matters.

The national organization 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 statistics.