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Girl Scouts & Vidcode Team up to Code with Girls

In early 2016, President Obama announced a new initiative to empower students with the computer science skills that are becoming increasingly important in the workforce. It’s thrilling to see national leaders support young people with opportunities for learning computational thinking. We’ve been challenged to consider how coding can fit into the landscape of learning experiences at school, in extracurricular activities, and at home.  

In 2015, NewKnowledge partnered with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) and Vidcode to work on this  opportunity. We are studying a novel afterschool program, called Breaking the Code, that combines creative filmmaking, coding in JavaScript, and Girl Scout-style leadership development, including mentoring from computer science professionals.This program, aimed at middle school girls enrolled in under-resourced schools in New York City, uses original art projects, such as customizing Instagram or music videos, to engage teens in writing their own code using the online Vidcode platform. Ultimately, we aim to understand how combining video coding projects with leadership development and mentoring helps girls to develop the skills and confidence to apply pursue opportunities in the real world.