The purpose of this project is to expose young women of color to key programming concepts in a way that engages them and builds their interest in continuing their education in computer and information science and to introduce them to career opportunities in related technology fields.
Participants in the program will learn basic programming structures as they create simple mobile apps and will gain career awareness as they interact with women professionals as teachers, mentors and coaches.
The target audience for this program is young women of high school age in underserved communities. We will work with community partners who can connect us to the targeted audience by building on their existing programs or creating new ones
The objectives of the program are to:
- Understand the basics of the software development process: design, build, test, refine
- Understand the basic principles of designing a computer application – “Thinking like a computer”
- Learn how to transform the design into working code
- Learn a basic set of programming concepts
- Learn how to test the applications
The workshop can be delivered in various time frames: over a full weekend; over several weekends; in weekly sessions. Each session will build on the prior one. Each session wraps up by connecting to education and job opportunities.
Sessions will include a technology overview, hands-on activities and design challenges and a parent info session.