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Girls Who Code Club Starts at MPC!

Post Date:09/21/2017 12:20 PM

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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2017

Please join the Monterey Girls Who Code (GWC) club for our open house at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 12 PM in the Business Math and Computer Science  (BMC) Building, Room 206.  Parking is available for free right in lot E outside the BMC building. Click here for a map.

The Monterey Girls Who Code (GWC) club will meet at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) most Saturdays from 10 AM- 12 PM during the 2017-2018 academic year, except for holidays.  Girls in grades 6-12 can learn to code in a fun and friendly environment.  The club teaches girls:

  • 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: Club girls 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.  Each session builds upon the last, so girls are expected to attend every session, however, newcomers are always welcome!

 Organizer of Girls Who Code (GWC)

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national organization started by Reshma Saujani in 2012 with the goal of closing the gender gap in tech.  Computing jobs are growing 3x faster than the national average, yet less than a quarter are held by women, and that number is declining.  Girls Who Code wants to reverse the trend by teaching over 100,000 girls to code by 2018.

The Monterey chapter of Girls Who Code is entering their second year and the beginning of their partnership with Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).  MPC is hosting the sessions and providing funding to support exciting opportunities for the coming academic year.  

Note for Parents:

  • The club is free for students to participate
  • Research shows that parents are a large factor in a girl's decision about their future career paths. Club and college staff will be hosting workshops alongside many of the club sessions to provide parents with information about potential career fields and college support, such as financial aid, academic tutoring, dual enrollment and dual admissions.

Location:

Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Business Math and Computer Science (BMC 206)
Monterey, CA 93940

More information, please email to:  gwcmonterey@gmail.com