University of Southern Indiana

Girls Who Code at USI

     

Girls Who Code is coming to USI starting in January 2018!

 Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code offers curriculum for after school programs along with summer immersion sessions all across the country.

Here at USI, the SwISTEM Resource Center has partnered with the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education,  and the Romain College of Business to bring Girls Who Code to campus as an educational outreach opportunity for area students in the sixth to eighth grade in Southern Indiana.

Click HERE for a printable flyer!

Sisterhood. Club girls join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models and learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Beyond the Club, girls can tap into an alumni network of tens of thousands of girls across the country who are using computer science to solve problems they care about.

Code. Clubs learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages –– whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Returning Clubs girls can deepen their programming knowledge through extended activity sets.

Impact. Club girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.

Click HERE for the Club Calendar of Events!

Registration Open!

A waiting list was initiated on October 31, 2017 at 9:45 AM

  REGISTER HERE!    

This opportunity is available to the first fifteen applicants. A waiting list will be created once the roster is filled. The official start date and classroom location will be finalized in the near future.

When: Thursdays starting in January 2018 (expected start date is January 18, 2018)

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: Education Center at the University of Southern Indiana 

Cost: $30 per student 

What's Included: Girls Who Code T-shirt and Snacks

Curriculum: Girls Who Code curriculum will be used along with supplemental instruction using other visual programming apps.  Guest speakers are also scheduled to lead conversations regarding special challenges faced by females in STEM and pathways to careers in coding. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you know who is on the waiting list? 

  • The online registration form that you will fill out will be time stamped once it is submitted, so it is very clear when applications are received. Those who have been placed on a waiting list will be notified. 

I have a son and he wants to be a part of Girls Who Code at USI. Can he still join? 

  • Of course! We welcome any student that is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, but remember that this curriculum and club format was created to be the most beneficial to young girls. We will talk about the importance of sisterhood and have a short lesson every week on an influential woman in the field of STEM. Those individuals that are facilitating the club sessions will also be mostly, if not all, women in an effort to show our students that careers and an interest in the STEM field is possible. 

Do parents have to stay at USI while the club session is going on? 

  • No. Parents are more than welcome to leave campus during the sessions! If you are staying on campus during the club sessions, please know that parents will not be allowed in the classroom, but are welcome to wait in the lobby until the session is finished.

Will it be a problem if my child has no experience with computer science?

  • This is no problem at all! We encourage all students to join us whether they have coded before or have never even heard of coding! 

Will transportation be provided for my child? 

  • Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to provide mass transportation for students that are interested in Girls Who Code at USI. This resource takes significant funds that we do not have at our immediate disposal, but we hope that this is something we can consider in later semesters.

How will weather and school calendars affect club session? 

  • If school is cancelled because of weather then we will not have a club session. We will adhere to the shared Spring Break schedule of EVSC, MSD of Mt. Vernon, MSD of North Posey, and Warrick County School Corporation. If a club session is cancelled, parents will be notified as soon as possible.

Other Questions?

Please contact Stephanie Smith at smsmith5@eagles.usi.edu

Questions about Computer Science Material?

Please contact Srishti Srivastava at fsrishti@usi.edu


      

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