Girls at JFS who are interested in computer programming have a unique opportunity to explore this field through SciGirls Code. JFS is one of 16 sites in the country that offer this.
Starting in October the girls learned how to write code for mobile apps and by December they started designing and coding their own mobile apps. Once operational, the students celebrated by showcasing their apps at a special event held in the library when the girls demonstrated their apps to parents, staff, administrators and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
In the next part of the program the girls will learn about robotics. They will explore the field using Sphero, an all-in-one bot that they can program on a mobile device. Next, the girls will build and code their own bots using the Hummingbird platform, recycled materials, and craft supplies. Then they will work in teams to create a large-scale project using all learned.
SciGirls Code, a pilot project, is an outreach program where 16 partner organizations nationwide will be holding after-school programs for middle school girls. The program is specifically designed to help address the gender gap in computer science programs by sparking and strengthening girls’ interest, skills, and confidence as technology creators. WSKG, PBS, Assemblywoman Lupardo and the National Science Foundation helped to make this program available at JFS.