Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) has announced that the first meeting of the Girls Who Code Club will be held on January 30 at 4:00 PM at MOESC (890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield).
Nationally, Girls Who Code clubs are free programs for girls, broken into 3rd-5th grades and 6th-12th grades, that allows girls to be part of a group of supportive peers as they learn and use computer science to change the world.
Candy Bores, Technology Manager at MOESC, said this year they will start with just grades 3 thru 5. “Next year we hope to expand and add more age groups. Girls Who Code has opportunities for all ages and we hope to include more grade levels at some point.”
The 3rd-5th grade club curriculum is primarily focused on integrating fun, interactive activities with the Girls Who Code text and characters. Lessons will be taught using engaging story lines, and will be both plugged in (online) and unplugged (no technology required). If the lesson requires technology, MOESC is providing the equipment free of cost.
The curriculum focuses on three components of sisterhood, coding, and bravery and impact. The girls will be provided with a safe and supportive learning environment. They will learn the essential concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. And, through fun and interactive curricula, the girls are taught to be brave and resilient to help them persist and succeed in the field.
The club will be led by teachers and volunteers, and the meetings will last between 45 minutes to over an hour. Meetings will be held every other Thursday at 4 PM from January 30 through June 4. There is no cost to be a part of the club; to sign up, parents should go to hq.girlswhocode.com. The MOESC club code is: OH21630.
More information about the club is available by visiting www.moesc.net and choosing Girls Who CODE from the Quicklinks bar.