Girls of Promise® Coding Summit
We’re excited to announce an upcoming event, #ARKidsCanCode: Girls of Promise Coding Summit, sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor and Code.org. The event will be held at the Governor’s mansion on Wednesday, December 9 from 9:30-12:00 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.
We would like to invite all female 9th to 12th grade students who are interested in developing their interest in coding (limited to 5 per school) to attend this free special event. Both novices and experienced coders will enjoy the event and have an opportunity to spend time practicing the coding they learn (with plenty of experienced coders on hand to help).
Governor Hutchinson will welcome the girls, as will the CEO of Code.org, an organization dedicated expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. During the event, they will announce the Arkansas school recipient of their contest awarding $10,000 worth of technology.
After the welcome, the “Hour of Code” will begin. There will be a short tutorial to get started, followed by an hour of hands-on coding, with plenty of instructors in the room to help out. The girls are encouraged to bring their own laptops (or the school’s), but there will be a number of computers available for those who don’t have one.
We don’t want the coding to stop after this event, so as part of the event’s wrap-up we will be kicking-off a contest for all those who participate in the coding summit to develop an app, website, computer program, etc. Submissions must be sent in to the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas by February 15th. We will then choose 5-7 finalists to return to Little Rock in March to have their submissions judged by the 8th grade girls attending our annual Girls of Promise conference. The sponsor for the contest is still being finalized, but expect AWESOME prizes (think laptops, scholarship money, etc.)!
This should be a fun and informative day for all students in attendance. The deadline for responding is December 1, 2015.