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Girls Who Code chapter starts Sept. 18

Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence will start a new chapter of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization aimed at teaching 6th through 12th grade girls 21st century computing skills.

The center, housed in Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development, is collaborating with the university’s Department of Computer Science to bring female students from the university’s Early College programs at Booker T. Washington and Carver Early College high schools to campus for weekly sessions on building mobile apps and websites.

Women, especially minority women, are underrepresented in computer science and information technology. Georgia State’s chapter will give female students the basic building blocks of programming knowledge should they pursue careers in information technology. The chapter will be the first Girls Who Code club in the Southeast and the first housed at a university.

“We know the economic impact having these skills can have, but the social and emotional impact is just as important,” said Dana Salter, Crim Center community outreach specialist. “To show these girls that they can be leaders in innovation is wonderful.”

Event: Girls Who Code’s first session at Georgia State. Participants will have their first lessons in coding at the chapter opening.

Where: College of Education & Human Development, Room 100
30 Pryor St.
Atlanta, GA 30303

When: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18