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Free Coding Workshops for Girls

Middle-school girls are the target audience for these free mini-courses.

A local organization that’s trying to get more girls and women involved in computer coding is behind three free workshops this weekend.


The three TechGirlz courses are open to anyone, with no experience required.


The first is at the Newtown Square Public Library, at 201 Bishop Hollow Road, and runs from 9 am to noon. It’s geared toward middle school girls and is an introduction to JavaScript. Students will learn the basic concepts and how to create JavaScript programs and use queries, according to the TechGirlz website. The course also includes exercises to teach functions using real-life examples. Students must bring a laptop. Click here to register and get more information.


The library regularly hosts these classes, so if you can’t make it this weekend, stay tuned.


The second course starts at 1 pm Saturday and also runs for three hours. It’s at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square, at 1904 Walnut St., Philadelphia, and is about mobile apps. Girls will work in teams to design their own app and develop a prototype. A smartphone, laptop, or tablet is helpful. Click here to register and get more information.


The third workshop is Sunday, from noon to 3 pm, at the George School, at 1690 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown. This course will introduce Blockly, a drag-and-drop coding language, and students will work on puzzles and games to help them understand it. No laptop or other equipment is required. Click here to register and get more information.


TechGirlz, founded seven years ago by Tracey Welson-Rossman, offers its free, open-source technology courses to any school or group that’s interested. (Click here to see other upcoming events.)


Photograph courtesy of TechGirlz.



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