Program Dates & Times
The GIRLS after school program will be held once every two weeks on Tuesdays, starting the week of October 28th and ending by May 5th.
There will be no cost for the girls to attend.
More About the Program
The curriculum will teach the basic concepts of algorithms and programming. Having these skills early on will help the participants later when they go to college. They will have a great foundation for learning more complex concepts. Because of the mentors and guest speaker, the participants will leave the program with a wider view of potential careers for them. They will have a better understanding of the opportunities they have so they can make more informed decisions in the future.
For more information, contact Rebecca.
“GIRLS” is a face-to-face and online hybrid program targeted toward female middle school students. In this program, the participants will receive training in Swift programming through the Swift Playgrounds app and the Learn to Code 1 curriculum. My partner organization, WVU TECH, is partnering with Lincoln County School district to offer STEM based after school programs at Lincoln County middle schools. During fall 2019 and spring 2020, this weekly after school program will meet for twenty Tuesdays. The GIRLS program will be offered through this existing after-school program structure. During this program I will offer my GIRLS program at Hamlin middle school on alternate Tuesdays to the female middle school students who are already coming to the after school program. These female students will stay one additional hour for my programming class. Hence, during fall 2019 and spring 2020, the GIRLS program will meet for ten hour-long face-to-face days in which the participants will be instructed by female university students. The instructors will play the role of mentors too. The entire time during fall 2019 and spring 2020, participants will have access to Apple’s online material. Their progress will be tracked through as we continue. Finally, there will be a face-to-face celebration on May 2020 when the family members of the participants will be invited. The schedule is outlined below.
On this day, we will include ice-breaking activities, take pre-surveys, and getting to know the participants. We will also demonstrate the online portion of the program.
Regular Days (alternate Tuesdays):
During these days, the participants will have the opportunity to have hands-on training from the instructors. This is also the time for the instructors to play the role of mentors. The instructors, who are current university students in computing fields, will share their own experiences and will also guide the participants to improve their soft skills, including communication and teamwork.
There will be 16 total hours' worth of material online for the participants to complete. At any time during the online portion, participants may contact our team members for help, guidance, or further mentoring.
Final Celebration Day:
On that day, the middle school girls will make presentations to their parents on what they learned. There will also be a female guest speaker who will talk about her experience in the computer science field and about available computer-related careers. This is also when survey responses will be collected.