The CoasterDad Girls Who Code Club aims to close the gender gap in technology, providing 6th through 12th grade girls with opportunities to explore and thrive in technology industries. We want to inspire, teach, and equip girls with computing and electronics skills that are crucial to pursue 21st century opportunities. Founded by Ellie, Rachel and Amanda, the Club meets weekly to learn, teach, collaborate and invent using a variety of technologies. Our curriculum is driven largely by the Girls themselves. Our incredible volunteer instructors work with the Girls to create software – and hardware – that solves problems and addresses the needs of the Girls.
For example, The Brother Buster was conceived by Ellie, who worried that her little brother was going into her room when she wasn’t home. Certainly, a real-world problem for many big sisters. The Girls designed and built an Arduino-based motion sensor, and wrote Arduino Python Code to detect movement in a room, and then send a text alert to Ellie. Problem solved.
The CoasterDad Girls Who Code Club doesn’t try to turn girls into geeks, or get them to fit into any particular persona or role. We simply introduce technologies and ideas that help The Girls.. be girls.
The Girls will be welcoming new members at the start of the 2015-16 school year. If you’d like to get involved, please subscribe to our mailing list below.