Science and technology fields are gaining a lot of steam, and one local organization has been putting the love of these fields into the minds of girls in their formative years.

Girls Who Code is an international program that provides young women from 3rd to 12th grade with the resources and encouragement to support their interest in computer science. They hope to increase the number of women who pursue the field professionally.

My daughter, Tara, has been involved with this group and she absolutely loved it. She along with 15 local high school female students participated and they graduated in November. You can read about her experience here.

Here's some great news, they are having additional classes this spring for Java and Python. If you have a young woman that wants to get into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), then this is for them.

It's the only club in the region offering opportunities for both local, female high school students and engineering students at Binghamton University. They are a national nonprofit group that is working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering.

Girls Who Code meet on the Binghamton University campus for two hours every Saturday, beginning  February 8th with the last class on May 2nd with a recess on March 7th, April 4th and April 11th.

The goal is to help young girls build character and coding skills as well as promote female representation in STEM fields. Many of the students had little to no prior experience in computer coding before this class.

This is an amazing opportunity for girls in our area and you can get many of your questions answered here. Tara will be taking her third class in March and she'll tell you that it's one of the most fun and rewarding things that she's ever done.

Their spring course applications for beginner Java and Python closes this Friday, January 17th, so go here to apply now.


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