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Free Summer Programs from Girls Who Code

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 2/14/2023

Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and lead the movement to inspire, educate, and equip students who identify as girls and nonbinary with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st-century opportunities.

Students may apply now to Girls Who Code’s free summer programs, with options running June 16–Aug. 11. Both programs:
  • Are 100% free with need-based grants for tech access to those who qualify.
  • Include beginner- to intermediate-level curriculum featuring concepts in game design, web design, cybersecurity, and data science.
  • Are hosted by corporate partners who lead virtual panel discussions and networking events with inspiring female entrepreneurs.
There are two great opportunities available, so you can choose the best fit:
  • The two-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP) hosts current ninth–11th graders in live virtual classrooms led by industry-leading companies such as MetLife, Bank of America, and Accenture. Attendees will learn how to get creative with game design. By the end of the program, participants will learn the fundamentals of game design, UX, the iterative design process, and more as they build out a suite of short games using the p5.js library for JavaScript. Students can even apply for laptop and hotspot access and grants of up to $300 for financial support!
  • The self-paced program gives current ninth–12th graders the flexibility to learn to code through independent study and real-world projects. By the end of the program, participants will  earn beginner-level certificates of completion in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript for web development or intermediate-level certificates of completion in Python for Cybersecurity or Data Science.
Both programs introduce students to inspiring industry professionals and unlock lifelong college and career support. For more information on virtual summer programs, check out the Girls Who Code website or attend a webinar. Applications are due March 24.