We are less than half way through our Black Girls Code- Summer of Code Campaign and it has been an amazing journey! We hosted our largest workshop yet in Oakland on Saturday June 30th with almost 80 girls in attendance. Yes 8-0! Who says girls don’t like technology? Fail. Well they do and they came out in full force on a beautiful Saturday morning for our last Summer Code Party at DeVry University. With the help of almost 30 volunteers we took girls as young as 6 through the Mozilla Webmaker tools such as Hackasaurus and Thimble. They learned the basics of HTML and CSS and by the smiles on their faces throughout the day had a great time seeing their personal creations come to life.
The 9-11 year olds had a particular fondness for searching Pinterest to discover various fashion and other treasures :-).
It was a busy and exciting day for everyone from the students, to volunteers, to parents. We captured a short video during the day to save a little bit of the magic. Some of the photos we captured during the day express the impact of the day on these young future tech stars.
We have reached almost 100 students so far on our Summer of Code Project, but we are NOT DONE YET. We have already planned our next big event which will be our Tale of 3 Cities Workshop on July 28th in Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Then it’s on to Las Vegas on August 11th. But we still have Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and New York to reach before the end of the summer hits us. The Beastie Boys said it best—NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN!
You can learn more about the awesome things blackgirlscode at the orginizations website.