My daughter, Tara, is into many things. She dances, acts and is on the tech team for the Bridewater Church Online Campus. She has her own YouTube channel called "Paranormal Girl" and her latest series is "Merry May" that she writes, directs and participates. I even make an appearance in her trailer at the end.

I am one proud dad but this may top them all. She's part of a group called Girls Who Code (GWC) at Binghamton University. 16 local high school female students participated and they'll graduate and celebrate their first semester on campus this Saturday, May 4th.

GWC 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.

It's the only club in the region offering opportunities for both local, female high school students and engineering students at Binghamton University. The graduation program begins at noon at the Innovative Technologies Complex Smart Energy Building at 25 Murray Hill Road in Vestal.

Before the ceremony, GWC will have it's last session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 104 at the Bartle Library, where they'll complete their curriculum and prepare their Impact Projects.

Some of the Impact Projects include a platform for encouraging people to foster animals, a school events website and a platform for locating thrift stores. All the Projects will be presented during the graduation.

Girls Who Code meet on the Binghamton University campus for two hours every Saturday. Many of the students had little to no prior experience in computer coding before this class. The goal is to help young girls build character and coding skills as well as promote female representation in STEM fields.

For the fall 2019 semester, GWC will hold two beginner courses teaching Python as well as JavaScript and HTML/CSS. It begins the second week in September, go here for more info and to get the application.

This is an amazing opportunity for girls in our area and my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed it. CONGRATULATIONS to these 16 young ladies and I'm proud of all you....especially Tara.


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