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For spring 2022, our group will meet every Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:15 PM for five weeks starting on April 12th. The first session will be a welcoming party with snacks and an introduction to our semester project: the Wizard’s Wish Game. For the final three sessions, we will move to a virtual format due to library closings at high school.
How the club will run for Spring 2022:
This is our first ever club through the Girls Who Code (GWC) organization. As such, we’re starting out lightly and running a club that lasts just five weeks instead of ten plus which we will do for the fall of 2022. The group will meet at the Pine Richland High School Library which also serves as the Pine Township branch of Northern Tier Regional Library after school hours Monday through Thursday. This particular club is for those in grades 6-12.
A GWC club can be run in a multitude of ways with options of running an all virtual club or even a club that doesn’t necessarily work on the coding/programming at the same time as one another. We’ve decided to go with an in-person club for at least the first meeting or three. This club is about empowerment, comradery, and helping each other learn I.T. skills and being so, we felt it’ll be a nice start to begin as an in-person club. We will however be having a shorter club session length-wise this semester. So our meeting won’t potentially be able to include everything the club will want us to do. Therefore, and if necessary, group members are totally fine if they chose to complete their computer science work at home at their convenience.
The instructor for this semester is myself, Brett Giltenboth. I’m a librarian at Northern Tier and have a some background in the computer sciences, namely HTML & CSS, databases, and Python. I.T. skills are something I believe that are going to be essential for a great many people looking to find jobs in the present/future and is still not something that many K-12 schools stress very heavily from what I am hearing. Having these foundational computer science skills is only going to help your employment cause in my opinion and thus, I’m happy to go on the journey with those who choose to join in on our endeavor. I’ll also be learning many of these computer languages for the first time myself which means we will truly be learning together.
To join our club:
To enroll in the club, you’ll first need to create an account. You can do so by going to HQ | Girls Who Code and selecting the ‘Sign Up’ tab. One nuance of signing up is the age of those wishing to participate. If you are 13 and above, you can sign yourself up with your own email address. If eleven or twelve years old, Girls Who Code asks that you sign up using your parents or guardians email address while even signing up with them at your side.
After creating an account, you’ll be asked for our club code. This semester’s code is: PA40480
The account creation and membership process can be seen in it’s entirety here: Signup Overview
*We can enroll people on-site during one of the first two meetings this semester.
What participants will need to bring to the club meetings:
Mostly enthusiasm. However, I’d encourage club members to bring their own devices and headphones/ear buds. There are desktop computers at the library that can be used for the coding portions of our meetings but they may not suffice for the virtual meeting portions.
More information about Girls Who Code:
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