Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. It’s leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The Reading Public Library is excited to offer a Girls Who Code Club at the library during the school year.
What is it?
The library’s Girls Who Code Club is a free program to teach girls in 6th-12th grades computer programming and coding, stimulate interest in the STEM field and careers, and build useful skills and confidence. To learn more about the curriculum, visit the Girls Who Code Clubs page. The club meets weekly for 2 hours during the school year from October – May.
Who can join?
Girls in grades 6 through 12 are welcome in the club. The club has limited spaces and acceptance will be based on a lottery if there are more applicants than spaces. Preference is given to Reading residents. As a condition of acceptance, girls are expected to attend 80% of meetings during the school year. Please do not apply if you are unable to attend regularly.
When will the program start? How often does it meet, etc.?
An Information Session for those wanting to learn more will be held Wednesday, September 13 @ 7:00-8:00 pm. Click here to learn more about it.
In general, the club meets weekly for 2 hours on Saturdays @ 9:30-11:30 AM during the school year from October – May. The 2017-2018 club starts on October 14 and runs thru May 19. Click here for a complete calendar of meetings.
How do I apply?
Applications accepted September 13 to September 27. Participants will be selected by lottery if more apply than spaces available. *The application period is now closed.*
Do I need to bring anything, have coding experience, etc.?
No! All instruction is provided for free, laptops will be provided, and all levels of coding experience are welcome! Want to learn more about coding in your own time? Check out our Coding Resources for Teens.
Who are the instructors?
- Geoffrey Coram, Volunteer Facilitator: I earned my PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. I've been "coding" for Analog Devices since graduation. I love tinkering with and fixing technology, and I built a 3-D printer from a Kickstarter kit.
- Katie Gessler, Volunteer Facilitator: I am a mechanical engineer, currently working at Raytheon designing electronic equipment. I earned my B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). My first foray into programming was designing and programming LEGO robots to navigate a course in an introductory engineering class. I had so much fun, I changed my major to engineering pretty much on the spot. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and running.
- Carrie Gray, Volunteer Facilitator: I studied Nuclear Engineering on the way to becoming a high school physics teacher, and then learned how to code while building a website for Boston Public School teachers to use to analyze students' MCAS scores. For the past few years I've enjoyed coaching Reading First Lego League teams and now look forward to helping with Reading's inaugural Girls Who Code club.
- Matthew Gray, Volunteer Facilitator: I am an Engineering Director at Google where I work on Google Search. I love coding and solving problems with code, ranging from mapping the stars (I studied physics at MIT) to network security (at a startup) to helping Google answer your questions. Outside of coding I enjoy photography, spending time with my family and playing board games.
- Suzie Tuvell, Volunteer Facilitator: I am a Reading native! I was homeschooled until 6th grade when I decided to attend Coolidge Middle School. From there, I graduated RMHS and then attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I graduated in May 2016 with a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Cognition, Logic and Language. I am incredibly excited about teaching and mentoring young girls in the world of computer science as the need for more women in the field is prevalent.
Renee Smith, Library Advisor: I am a Teen Services Librarian at Reading Public Library where I organize programs and resources for teens. I'm so excited to bring a Girls Who Code club to the Reading community and can't wait to see what the girls create.
Questions? Want to learn more?
- GWC Site: www.girlswhocode.com
- GWC Facebook: Facebook.com/GirlsWhoCode
- GWC Twitter: @GirlsWhoCode
- Learn more about coding or gain experience with our Coding Resources for Teens.
Please direct questions about Reading Public Library’s Girls Who Code Club to Renee or Susan (Teen Services Librarians) at rdgteen(at)noblenet.org or call 781-942-6703.