Greensboro, NC
Sep 5, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
Code for a Change is a program designed to introduce girls to the basics of electronics with an emphasis on the integration of Arduino and the Internet of Things. Participants will work collaboratively to identify and present a solution to a real-world social issue of their choice.
Provided by Kimberly and AAUW Greensboro

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

Program Dates & Times

Start Date: 09/05/2020

End Date: 10/31/2020

Times: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade



More About the Program

Hi everyone!  We're so excited about this program: Code for Change!  

During this program, we will learn about the Internet of Things! If you want some more information about IoT, visit this website: One way we can use the Internet of Things is through Arduino, an amazing software and hardware package that allows anyone to create awesome projects!

For more information, contact Kimberly.


Week 1

Participants will be introduced to the world of the Internet of Things and Arduino. Students will first view a PowerPoint to learn the basics of the Internet of Things and how it is used in their daily lives. Second, students will learn the basics of circuitry using an online circuit simulator. Third, using the Arduino kits, participants will be able to follow along with the instructor as she shows them how to create different projects.  

Week 2

The program will begin by reviewing assignments from the past week. The goal of this week is to accomplish three things: reading wire diagrams, modifying Arduino code, and developing expectations for the final projects. Participants will work on more advanced Arduino projects and further their knowledge of the Internet of Things.

Week 3

Students will be introduced to MIT Scratch.  They will be able to use MIT Scratch programming to create original projects.  During this time, girls will improve programming skills they developed by using Arduino through drag and drop coding with MIT Scratch.  The girls will also gain experience in Virtual Reality as we explain how it functions and how it is connected to the Internet of Things.

Week 4

Students will begin working on their final projects. Participants will be in breakout groups to work with the session leader/session assistants and their classmates. Students will work collaboratively to create their final projects and convey what they have learned to other students in the program. We will also discuss women in STEM. 

Week 5

Students will continue to work on their final projects. The expectation is that by this time, participants will be able to assemble their Arduino project and explain their project's components. Participants will be expected to complete this project which will include a list of components assigned by the session leader. We will also host discussions about different professions in the STEM field and possible paths to these careers. The session leader will review a project planning checklist to ensure that students are using a comprehensive list of Arduino/Internet of Things skills. Students will also have the opportunity to share their projects with their classmates and receive constructive feedback.

Week 6

Participants will continue their final projects. During this time, participants will receive guidance from the session leader and session assistants. They will use their Arduino and Internet of Things materials to demonstrate the principles of the Internet of Things that they have learned to address a social issue. During this meeting, we will also show the girls engaging ways they can present their projects beyond a PowerPoint presentation. Additionally, the girls will become more comfortable navigating with technology. They will also receive a tour of the public library and learn how technology benefits our community.

Week 7

Students will continue to work on their final projects. The session leader will continue to review participants' projects to ensure they meet the requirements. Students will have the opportunity to share their projects with their classmates and receive constructive feedback. They will present any challenges they experienced while creating their Arduino/Internet of Things projects.

Week 8

Participants will finish working on their final projects. These final projects will be created using Arduino and Internet of Things materials and will showcase their proficiency with the basics of circuitry and electronics. Students will be encouraged to continue to use their Arduino kits after the program has ended.