MHS to host coding sessions for girls

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MHS will host a coding and computer science program for girls in grades 4-8 starting Nov.  4.

Code CS, which stands for Cardinal Outreach to Diversify and Education Computer Science, will take place on Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There is no cost to participate. The program will meet twice a month with eight sessions in all.

MHS senior Rachel Woody organized Code CS. She was awarded a grant of $1,420 by the National Center for Women in IT and $100 from her program partner, Kate Kaiser, to start a non-profit outreach program in the District. Woody, along with freshmen Shreya Godishala and Grace Steinmetz, will introduce coding to the participants under the mentorship of MHS computer science teacher Lori Hunt.

Woody noted there are very few girls in classes such as Advanced Placement Computer Science or Introduction to Java at MHS. She also said the imbalance is also similar in the workforce.

Code CS is an initiative sponsored by the National Center for Women in Information Technology and led by a group of passionate, tech-savvy high school students, Woody said. The girls will be introduced to programming through Code.org and App Inventor. They will create their own apps while developing critical skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and an agile mindset. The girls will also hear from guest speakers with successful careers in technology.

To register, please visit this website. You can also follow the Code CS Club on Instagram.