LIMA — An after-school computer science club for students in grades 6-12 is forming at Ohio State’s Lima Campus.
On Friday, there was an open house and informational session for students, parents and school administrators who would like to know more about the newly formed Girls Who Code Club.
“It’s a national initiative to help give girls a little bit of computer science experience and confidence in their computer science and coding skills,” said Rachel Richardson, career development manager at OSU-Lima.
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization aimed at closing the gender gap in technology.
“By 2020 there are 1.4 million computer science jobs that will be available, but it’s projected that only 3 percent of ladies will hold those positions,” she said.
Those in the club will learn about a variety of topics related to technology.
“It will depend on what they choose as their community science project, so they’re going to learn the basics of computer science, coding and then they may learn a little bit of web interaction, anything behind the scenes that makes those apps work that we use on a daily basis,” she said.
The Girls Who Code Club will be limited to 15 participants and will hold its first meeting Sept. 29.
“Each week we’ll be showing a video of a female computer science professional and what she does in her work so just to give them an idea of what their future careers could look like,” she said.
The Girls Who Code Club will meet most Fridays through Dec. 8 in Galvin Hall Room 305.
For more information you can visit the website at www.girlswhocode.com or contact Rachel Richardson, Ohio State Lima’s Career Development Manager at 419-995-8053 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is Wednesday.
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