Hartford, CT
Oct 30, 2018 - Dec 8, 2018
ITgirl is a program designed to teach underprivileged girls programming and inspire them to further pursue and persist in technology related interests. The curriculum will be based on that of Mobile CSP and sessions will take place during during the school day, along with a few outside-of-school sessions.
Provided by Lola, Trinity College and National Center for Computer Science Education

Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.

Program Dates & Times

Trinprep: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from the week of October 28 through the week of December 8

Hackathon at Trinity: December 8


6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


$20. Scholarships awarded to those in need.

More About the Program

ITgirl will meet three days a week for 5 weeks during a time called “Trinprep.” Trinprep is essentially 50 minutes of the school day dedicated to preparing students for college. Trinprep allows students, both middle school and high school, to sign up for a club, activity, or tutoring. During this time, all the lessons will be taught in preparation for the 6-hour hackathon. Mobile CSP is the curriculum and it consists of written and video tutorials for developing App Inventor programs of varying difficulty along with general computer science videos. The program leader (Lola Kovalski) and a group of mentors will introduce participants to the basics of computer programming with a set of select Mobile CSP lessons. The work will be arranged logically in order from introductory to advanced programming skills and ideas. For instance, it will range from intro to App Inventor projects to algorithms and procedural abstraction. For the especially tenacious learners or returning students, there will be more advanced assignments available. Each session will focus on a different assignment, and the schedule of assignments will be available on the ITgirl website. There will be a 4:1 student to mentor ratio, meaning that each student will receive individualized attention and advice.

For more information, contact Lola.


 ITgirl will use tutorials to teach students how to both design and program an app while managing to integrate fundamental computer science principles and ideas. The mentors, comprised of a small group of high school girls who have shown passion and talent for technology, will work with the middle school girls. The tutorials they use will range from apps for drawing and animation to apps focused on procedural abstraction. Most tutorials will be taken directly from Mobile CSP’s curriculum and will include a video and text document that corresponds with each lesson. ITgirl intends to make the program as adaptive as possible, which will ensure that the participants are able to learn and code at their own pace. In addition to programming, participants will learn the importance of women in technology, watch documentaries on women in tech, and will be exposed to the multitude of opportunities available to them as females in the computer science field.