HowGirlsCode, Inc. provides after school instructional programs specifically
designed to engage and expose girls to computer science. 
 

HowGirlsCode Courses:

The courses are designed to be taken in order since they progress from basic computer science concepts using visual block coding to advanced programming using text based coding. Please see our overall Course Road Map for a visual.  We ask that students meet the audience grade level requirements for enrollment.

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Foundations of Computer Science

Girls will be introduced to computer science concepts using www.code.org. Topics that will be covered include binary, repeats/loops, algorithms, conditionals, patterns, debugging, and more, all in a fun, hands-on learning environment.  There will also be special guest speakers throughout the program, including a robotics demonstration.
Prerequisites: None
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: $150.00
Locations:    

Bryant Woods Elementary School                       Registration Closed
March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                  
Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Clemens Crossing Elementary School                Registration Closed
March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                   
Wednesdays 3:50 - 5:20 PM

Manor Woods Elementary School
March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29                            Registration Closed
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Veterans Elementary School                                 Registration Closed
March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                  
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Waterloo Elementary School
March 6 - May 8, 2017 (no class 4/10 & 4/17)         Registration Closed
Mondays 4:00-5:30 PM

Scratch

Girls will learn to apply basic computer science concepts with hands on visual/block programming using Scratch.  Animation, sound, loops, x and y axis, conditional statements, and debugging commands will be introduced and utilized, and participants will use their creativity to design and customize projects while building their confidence and knowledge of coding.
**Important Note:  All students will need an email address in order to be registered for a Scratch account. 
Prerequisites: Foundations of Computer Science recommended, but not necessary
Audience: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: $150.00
Locations:

          Bellows Spring Elementary School
          Date: March 16 - May 11 (no class 4/13)                 Registration Closed
          Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM

          Deep Run Elementary School                               
          March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                 Registration Closed
          Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM                                 

Elkridge Elementary School
March 7 - May 2, 2017  (no class 4/11)                    Registration Closed
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM

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Totally Techie

Girls will learn to apply basic computer science concepts with hands on experiences using robotics and various programming applications.  We will use iPad applications to create augmented reality projects, build and program robots with Lego robotics, and use Scratch to create animations.  Participants will build their confidence and knowledge with using a variety of technology and through experiences with speakers during this fun, exploratory class.
**Important Note:  All students will need an email address in order to be registered for a Scratch account. 
Prerequisites: None
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: $150.00
Locations:

Forest Ridge Elementary School
March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                      Registration Closed
Wednesdays 3:45 - 5:15 PM

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Tynker

This course introduces elementary girls to programming using a drag-and-drop interface.  Students learn the basics of motion and animation, create scenes and change backgrounds, add sound and music, all while creating simple projects, animations, and games. Once a Tynker account is established through registration, students have permanent access to the course curriculum, tutorials, and special holiday and celebration coding activities.
Prerequisites: Foundations of Computer Science recommended, but not necessary
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls (see current offerings for specifics)
Cost: $175.00
Locations: 

         Dayton Oaks Elementary School
         February 23 - April 27, 2017 (no class 3/9 or 4/13)                Registration Closed
         Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM

         Hollifield Station Elementary School
         February 28 - April 25, 2017 (no class 3/7)                            Class Cancelled
         Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:45 PM

 

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WeDo Robotics

WeDo Robotics Students apply the basics of robotics by building models and using drag and drop programming to animate them.  Using the engineering process along with the physics of simple machines, they will create a robot of their own to accomplish a task.
Prerequisites: Foundations of Computer Science recommended
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: $175.00
Locations

Fulton Elementary School
March 1 - April 26, 2017 (no class 4/12)                              Registration Closed
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Worthington Elementary School
March 30 - May 25, 2017 (no class 4/13)                            Class Cancelled
Thursdays 4:05 - 5:35 PM

 

Weekend Coding

Weekend Coding Girls from 3rd - 5th Grade- See below for details
Prerequisites: none
Audience: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls
Cost: $150.00
Dates:   To be determined
Location:  UMBC Training Centers
                  6996 Columbia Gateway Dr.
                  Columbia, MD 21046

Scholarships

Girls who qualify for free and/or reduced meals (FARM) at school qualify for a scholarship equivalent to approximately 75% of the course cost. To verify income, we request that you send us a copy of the letter sent by school districts to inform you that your daughter qualifies for free and reduced meals on official school or district letterhead.  We will reward scholarships upon confirmation of the FARMs status.

Payment & Refund Policies

1) Payment: Full payment must be received at the time of registration in order to secure a spot in the course.

2) Refunds: No refunds are issued once the course begins.  Cancellations after registration will be charged a $10.00 fee to cover registration and administrative costs.  If HowGirlsCode cancels a course due to low enrollment, we issue FULL refunds.

3) Late Registration: We accept late registration if space is available, but do not pro-rate our course fees.