A recent post on the Forbes magazine website highlighted the work of “Girls Who Code,” an organization dedicated to educating and equipping teen girls for career opportunities in the fields of technology and engineering. Members of the Bryn Mawr College Department of Computer Science faculty and student body have served as instructors, advisers, and curriculum designers for the program.
On The Daily Muse blog on the Forbes site, Anneke Jong writes:
“I sit quietly in the corner as 20 students work diligently in pairs, writing Python code on black laptops. Their instructor walks around the room unpacking the robots they’re programming and announces to the group, ‘Just so you know, this assignment is the same as a late-semester project for a Bryn Mawr computer science course.’ The students are unfazed.”
Ashley Gavin ’10 taught 2012 classes and is designing the curriculum for the 2013 Girls Who Code program. Asha Habib ’13 and Jenny Chen ’13 both were assistants last year for the project. Douglas Blank, associate professor of computer science and director of the Institute for Personal Robots in Education at Bryn Mawr College is an adviser to the Girls Who Code curriculum designers. Blank and Mark Russo, Ph.D., a visiting instructor in computer science, and other researchers are working together to design software and tools that make it easy for beginners to transition to more sophisticated computing.
Girls Who Code—an eight-week summer program targeted to teen girls between the ages of 13-17 currently operating in New York—hopes to expand into seven to 10 additional major cities in the coming year.