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Girls Who Code

What is Girls Who Code?

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in STEM fields. Girls work in Scratch, JavaScript, AppInventer, Python, HTML/CSS and more to build projects like graphics, video games, and websites. The Club hosts guest speakers, goes on field trips and also helps girls develop skills in collaboration and public speaking.

Open to all girls in grades 6-12. GWC is strict about the age requirements for the Club.

All girls who are registered for the club are expected to attend 80% of the meetings.

You do not have to be a Newton resident to join.

Why GWC Matters?

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science. While 57% of bachelor's degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women. Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

When Does GWC Meet?

The Newton Free Library hosts two clubs that meet for two hours every week. 

Our meetings will begin sometime in early October. There are two separate clubs. Session A meets on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM and Session B meets on Fridays 4-6 PM.  (Sign ups are for one session only)

We will post a registration here in September that will be open for a few weeks. Check back here for more information about registration. 

How Do I Enroll?

Click here to register for this year's Girls Who Code ClubNewton GWC will offer two sections this year: Tuesday nights from 6:30 - 8:30, and Friday afternoons from 4:00 - 6:00. You can see the complete list of meeting dates at www.newtongwc.org/calendar. In case we are over-subscribed, we are operating a lottery to allocate the slots to interested girls.

Registration will stay open until Sunday September 24, at 11:59 PM. We'll run the (computer-implemented) lottery Monday morning and send out email with the results to everyone who registered with a valid email address, whether you got a slot or not. We will maintain a wait-list, so we may follow up with you later in the fall if a slot opens up.

We invite all interested parents and girls to attend our open information session at the Library on Monday, September 18 from 7PM - 9PM.

Who Leads the Club?

GWC is led by volunteer instructors who work in the computer science field.

Are There Other Clubs in the Area?

YES! To find a Club near you visit the Girls Who Code website.

Brookline Public Library: Brookline Girls Who Code

Cary Memorial Library in Lexington: Cary Memorial Library

Watertown Free Public Library: Watertown Girls Who Code

Wellesley Free Library: Wellesley Girls Who Code

How did Newton's GWC Club begin?

The Club began several years ago when a Newton high school student approached the Library about hosting a Club after she attended the GWC Summer Immersion program, a 7-week computer science course for rising juniors and seniors.

Want to be a Volunteer Instructor?

Are you passionate about computer science, friendly, welcoming and love working with teens? Can you commit to 2 hours a week from the Fall-Spring for a total of 40 curriculum hours? Great! Please visit the Girls Who Code teach page to learn more. 

Want To Learn More?

Sign up for Newton Newsletters!

A great resource to find out about other STEM-related activities/programs in the area: Newtonstem.org

Sign up to receive emails about teen programs at the Library: Teens

Want to Start Coding Now?

Check out these coding environments:
 
Codesters - A self-paced environment for learning Python and creating personal projects. Requires an account and password
 
Khan Academy - Used for live programming/editing, sharing code, and video resources.
 
ProcessingJS - API used to enhance assignments.
 
JSFiddle - Used for building websites and sharing code.
 
Fluid UI - Live editor used for building storyboarding/wireframing and building websites.

Information Session

Want to learn more about Newton's Girls Who Code Club? Join us for an information session on Monday, September 18, 7:00 PM at the Library. We’ll be discussing what GWC is, what to expect for the year, how to register, when we’ll begin and more! Register online