Girls Code Club
Join the Club!
Who: Girls ages 8 through 13.
Lessons will be scaffolded to introduce coding concepts as well as challenge more experienced coders. We welcome true beginners as well as advancing learners! Returning Girls Code Club participants are encouraged to join again.
What: A monthly facilitated meetup to learn computer science concepts and coding.
When: October 2020 – June 2021. Sessions occur once a month over nine months.
What’s New This Year?
New Virtual Format: With COVID-19 uncertainties, we are pleased to present an ALL VIRTUAL Girls Code Club in 2020-21! There will still be plenty of opportunities to interact with your instructor and other girls who are learning to code.
- Nine lessons will be released as a worksheet and video from your Lead Instructor at the beginning of each month. Girls can watch the lesson and complete the worksheet at their own pace. Then, they will join one of three monthly LIVE SESSIONS to share their work, ask questions, and make new friends. These sessions will be collaborative and interactive!
New In-Person Benefits (because we want to see you when it’s safe!):
- Receive an 8-pack of tickets to the Lancaster Science Factory to explore our recently-expanded exhibit hall whenever you’d like! ($88 value)
- Attend at least 7 of the 9 sessions and receive a scholarship for one week of Summer STEM Camp in 2021 (up to $175 value)
Attend from Anywhere: A computer with an internet connection is all that is required! Chrome or any modern browser is recommended. Contact email@example.com to explore alternative options if you don’t have a computer at home.
Why? Computer science is rarely covered in elementary and middle school, but early exposure is important. We want to encourage an interest in girls at a young age, while creating a warm and supporting community.
Technology is all around us. Computer science jobs are projected to grown dramatically by 2026, yet women earn only 18% of the Computer Science bachelor’s degrees in the United States. Click here to read more about the current state of women in computer science.
Our Impact: Now in year five, the Girls Code Club at the Lancaster Science Factory has introduced over 250 girls to computer science!
Registration for the 2020-21 Girls Code Club is open now through Labor Day, September 7th. The program is limited to 75 girls.
Program Cost: $99 per girl. (Includes 9 lessons, 9 live sessions, plus 8 tickets to the Science Factory and a Summer STEM Camp Scholarship)
Need-based Scholarships Available: 15 scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis for families who required financial assistance. Click here to download the scholarship application. Submit your completed application to Amanda Bakay at firstname.lastname@example.org on in person at the Lancaster Science Factory admission desk.
Meet the Instructor
Elyse is a computer science graduate from Millersville University and Director of Software Development at KnowWho, a technology company based in Washington, DC. She has been a Girls Code Club instructor since 2016.