MSP MENTORSHIPS

Girls Who Code @ UMN

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Girls who code is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code @ UMN is a club hosted by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Girls Who Code @ UMN holds two-hour meetings from September through March, for girls 6th through 12th grade. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. University of Minnesota faculty lead the sessions, with support from graduate and undergraduate students.

Each week, one of the instructors introduces a topic and then the girls work through example projects. The program uses an online curriculum which is Python-based, and the students work through modules at their own pace. 

Volunteer opportunities include guest lecturers and host locations for Girls Who Code meetings.

Participants – enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing professionals (especially women) working in computer science and related fields

ELIGIBILITY – HAVE AN EDUCATION IN COMPUTER SCIENCE OR JOB EXPERIENCE WORKING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY

Commitment –

  • guest lecturers to come to give a short (10-15 minute) presentation about their career and their path to that career. Presenters should prepare an age appropriate, engaging presentation.  Lecture spots open November - MarcH.

  • Workplaces to act as field trip meeting locations, where girls can tour the space, hear about the company, see tech/computer science in action, and meet people who are passionate about Computer Science.