Project GCode

Project GCode, a Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center STEM program, introduces girls in grades 6 through 12 to basic programming concepts to build awareness of 21st century careers in technology and cyberscience. With particular emphasis on girls in underserved communities, participants will learn basic programming structures as they create simple mobile apps, working closely with women instructors and mentors.


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

Program Objectives

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.

For more information on Project GCode, contact Cheryl Begandy (