Looking to inspire the girl or non-binary child in your life? Sign them up for a coding and electronics workshop on November 23! The workshop will be hosted by Boolean Girl, an Arlington-based nonprofit whose mission is bringing diversity to tech by teaching girls, non-binary individuals, and under-represented groups to code and build electronics.
Who: Girls aged 8-13. All experience levels welcome.
When: Saturday, November 23, 3-6pm
Where: Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City (1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA).
Hosted by: Boolean Girl, in partnership with IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.
Admission: $20 per student
Registration: Sign up here!
All equipment will be provided. Girls will also have the opportunity to meet female role models working in the tech and engineering industries. An adult is required to stay with the child in attendance.
The best part of all? Boolean Girl programs are fun… and that’s not just their opinion. Over 95% of their students say that they would recommend their coding classes to a friend and want to take another one.
Curious about what your child will learn?
Girls aged 8-10 will learn to code in Scratch, a visual, drag-and-drop programming language created at MIT to teach kids software engineering. Girls aged 10-13 will learn how to connect sensors and lights to a computer and control them with Scratch or Python, an advanced programming language used around the world at companies like Instagram and Facebook.
What’s the story behind Boolean Girl?
In 2014, the organization got its start teaching girls from the families in their neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. They’ve grown every year since, and now provide summer camps, enrichment classes, special events, and partnerships around the country and online.
Beginning in January, they will host a coding and electronics clubhouse at Virginia Tech’s Thinkabit Lab in Falls Church (the clubhouse meets for three hours on the fourth Saturday of every month from January through May, 1-4pm). Girls and non-binary individuals will have the opportunity to learn in a fun, collaborative setting with hands-on projects, deep dives into particular topics and creativity. And what’s the parents’ favorite part? The clubhouse is a drop-off event, so parents can drop their children off and return in three hours for pick-up. (Parents are welcome to stay if desired.)
Boolean Girl was named “Best STEM Camp” by Northern Virginia magazine in 2018 and 2019, and Arlington magazine named Boolean Girl “Best STEM Camp” in 2019. They were also named “Best STEM Nonprofit” by the STEM Symposium in 2018.