After sixteen weeks of learning how to code, our Girls Who Code club culminated with a graduation celebration.
On Saturday, May 13, fourteen girls graduated from our Girls Who Code club after participating in the sixteen-week program hosted by the UNLV Honors College and sponsored by Konami Gaming. Throughout the course, girls learned two programing languages: Python and Scratch. They also had the opportunity to learn about hardware and computer engineering through Arduino.
As a central part of the Girls Who Code club experience, students worked on a Computer Science Impact Project where they used computer science to solve a problem relevant to the Las Vegas community. Through this project, students learned the fundamental computer science concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions while also building teamwork and leadership skills.
The Impact Projects produced included an interactive lesson on racism in which an individual was asked a series of questions and depending upon their answers, received different instructions and follow-up questions; a game that addressed the myriad of obstacles faced by incoming immigrants to the U.S., a game that illustrated the needs and challenges of homeless dogs and cats and a survey and lesson on bullying in schools.
This past Saturday, our inaugural Girls Who Code club concluded with a graduation celebration. Family and friends were invited to the ceremony to acknowledge their commitment and dedication to the program. Based on our success with Girls Who Code, we look forward to continue offering this opportunity to students for years to come.