Lakewood Public Library promotes computer literacy with the Girls Who Code Club

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that computer research jobs will increase 19% by 2026. Yet nationally, women only earn 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science.

The Lakewood Public Library, which is once again offering its Girls Who Code Club, is doing its part to change this trend.

The 12-week program starts on January 3, followed by weekly meetings starting January 17 in her learning lab. Targeting students in grades 6 to 12, registration is required for the free offer.

“About four years ago, we were approached by the international organization Girls Who Code Club, which values ​​diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Julie Strunk, director of children and youth services at Lakewood Public Library.

“The goal is to encourage girls to get involved in coding and keep women in the workforce where they are historically under-represented in IT. “

The class uses the Turtle library in Python, which, in simple terms, gives newbies a computer programming experience without the need to write code from scratch.

Also using Micro Bits, Scratch, and HTML / CSS, students will create a website.

“One year ago, they created a nutrition website,” Strunk said. “We ran a little mother-daughter club where they created a recipe website. They have also created a website on recycling. It’s up to the girls to decide what they want to do.

“And, even though it’s a Girls Who Code Club, we allow boys. We have had a couple of participants in the past.

As attendance declined during the pandemic when the Girls Who Code Club came together virtually, Strunk once again hopes that the in-person meetings will increase his number with the benefits, including the development of leadership skills, trust and confidence. the teamwork.

“Once a week they meet for an hour and a half,” Strunk said. “In addition to learning to code, they also learn about successful women in tech fields every week. This usually involves watching a video or zooming in on an online interview with that person.

“The Girls Who Code Club is for computer literacy and brain exercise. It is the job of the future that we are looking at here. We are preparing girls to enter the workforce there. where they are under-represented.

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