The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library is partnering with the Girls Who Code organization to bring to the students in the community an opportunity to explore coding in an inclusive and welcoming way. The club will be meeting for the first time on Jan. 8.
The Adult Services Supervisor at the library, Buff Kahn, stated in an email interview, that The Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
Kahn also emphasized that it is important for children to have this type of opportunity because it helps them explore coding in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment and the library will be providing that environment for the participants.
According to Kahn, the library hosted this program last year and the participants were very satisfied with their learning experience.
Kahn received quotes from some of the students, one of them said; “I didn’t know learning can be fun!” and some also said that they learned about teamwork, and persistence.
Kahn emphasized that there is a large gender gap in technology and this is why the Girls Who Code was founded, to close the gap.
“By partnering with this national nonprofit organization, we are aiding the effort to develop a diverse technology workforce for the future,” stated Kahn. “Also, part of Carroll County Public Library’s mission is to connect our community with educational experiences for lifetime enrichment. We believe this program does just that.”
For this year’s program, Kahn stated that they are very excited because they will be partnering with a computer science professional that will co-facilitate the club with a librarian.
“Having a computer science expert available as a resource for the coding projects will be a wonderful learning opportunity for all,” stated Kahn.
The Girls Who Code Club will be meeting for 12 consecutive weeks and the participants will work together on an ongoing project.