Girls Who Code was added to Dell’s Youth Learning portfolio in 2016 to continue to provide access and opportunities for girls and underrepresented groups around computer science. In the first year, the partnership reached 4936 girls nationwide and Dell hosted Girls Who Code club field trips in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah. The company also hosted a field trip in California for one of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion programs.
Girls Who Code’s after school club program provides a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models for girls to learn and to see themselves as computer scientists. Beyond the Club, girls can tap into an alumni network of tens of thousands of girls across the country who are using computer science to solve problems they care about. Club girls learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditional and functions that form the basis for all programming languages – whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Returning Club girls can deepen their programming knowledge through extended activity sets.
The seven-week summer immersion programs are designed for 10th and 11th grade girls to learn coding and gain exposure to different high-tech careers. Girls learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, apps and more. They also attend field trips to the area tech companies and connect with female engineers in the field.