Girls Who Code @ The Ridgefield Library
The Ridgefield Library is pleased to be a host location for a local chapter club of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors and bring high-quality computer science education to girls in grades 6–12.
The Ridgefield Library’s last Girls Who Code “mini-club” one-semester curriculum ran weekly from early February through May 2018. It was open to girls who are Ridgefield residents and were in grades 6, 7, and 8 (or the home-schooling equivalent).
In 2014–2015 and 2015–2016, the Ridgefield Library hosted a local chapter of Girls Who Code for high school girls in grades 9–12. The girls completed 40 hours of instruction and participated in several exposure activities during the year. In the inaugural year, the girls visited Rent the Runway in NYC where they met over 20 women who are driving this tech-based business. They also participated in a Women in IT panel discussion at the Library where they were introduced to six diverse women working in the computer science field.
In addition to learning, the girls gave back to the community, helping to staff the Library’s Hour of Code celebration with 300-plus people in attendance. As a final project, they created a game for use in freshmen orientation to introduce the incoming students to Ridgefield High School. Of the 17 girls who completed year one, all 17 returned for a second year and several are planning on majoring in computer science. For information on starting a Girls Who Code club chapter, click here .
Past projects completed by the Ridgefield Girls Who Code club may be viewed at http://gwcridgefield.weebly.com.