Girls Who Code is a nationwide initiative to close the gender gap in technology learning.
The Franklin Branch Library, 103 Main Street in Franklin, is hosting two Girls Who Code clubs to encourage girls as young as 8 to think of computer science as a viable field for their future.
Girls in grades 3-5 are encouraged to attend Girls Who Code meetings on Monday afternoons from 3:45-4:45 p.m. The basics of coding are taught in a fun and friendly environment, with new skills being introduced each week. No previous computer skills are required.
Girls Who Code for Teens in grades 6-12, is a more intensive, 10-week program during which the participants work together to create a website to benefit the community.
The club will meet every Tuesday from Jan. 21 through March 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and it is important that participants be able to attend most meetings to get the full benefit of this learning experience.
“Employment opportunities in the fields of computer and research science are projected to grow by 16 percent in the next decade, yet the number of girls interested in these fields has been on a steady decline,” explained Library Associate Christine Clear. “The Girls Who Code program is designed to encourage and maintain interest by teaching coding in a no-pressure environment. I can’t wait to see what they create.”
Register for Girls Who Code through the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org, or by visiting or calling the Franklin Branch at 973 827-6555, Option 2.