Priya has started two CoderGals chapters in Minnesota! This week, she tells us about her experience starting a chapter.
Serena Zhao is a CoderGals Chapter Leader from Livingston, NJ. She wrote this blog post to talk about her experience holding a 4 week workshop!
Hi everyone! My name is Serena Zhao. I am a CoderGals Chapter Leader in New Jersey along with Isabella Pham. Holding a 4 week CoderGals workshop was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life so far. Going in, I had no idea what to expect. No matter how many backup plans and projects I prepared, I still had one major worry that could not be quelled: what if the girls didn’t like any of this? From my own coding experiences with Java, I knew that coding demanded a lot of patience. I was afraid that my students, some of whom were only 8 years old, would become frustrated or bored with what I had to teach them.
CoderGals @ Livingston Public Library
Our Livingston Public Library chapter, led by Serena and Isabella, held an awesome 4 week workshop recently! They even created their own website to teach website design to the younger girls and showcase all of the projects they taught. Makey Makey was a hit - girls got to see their code come to life!
CoderGals @ Pine Crest School
Rachel, Liza, Chase, and Gabby led the effort in teaching a wonderful 4th semester of coding after school at Pine Crest. Girls created their own 3d printed designs, had a blast using Scratch to create their own games, participated in a paper design challenge, and did so much more!
CoderGals @ Danville
Isha and Anya held 2 workshops recently! They first taught the girls about what code ~really~ is and about how computers actually work. The emoji project on Made With Code sparked the girls' interest as they could create something that they use everyday! Girls learned coding concepts, such as loops, by demonstrating the concept through a fun interactive activity.
CoderGals @ University of Chicago Lab School
Helena and Neena held 2 exciting workshops! They discussed Ada Lovelace and Rachel Carson, made projects on Made With Code, and used Codemonkey.