The CODE4her program was honored with 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity Magazine.
What is CODE4her?
CODE4her mentorship was started by Jadwiga Carlson and the BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization under her direction. The program was initially funded by Google igniteCS. The IgniteCS supported groups of college and university students that wanted to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship. In addition, a generous donation from the Miller family allowed the program to begin in 2016 and continue to thrive.
The first CODE4her session was offered in January, 2017 and consisted of five 2.5 hour meetings held roughly once a month . These meetings took place on the BGSU campus. We are currently in the third year of this program and continue to receive great interest from NW Ohio region.
Registrations for CODE4her sessions are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Registration closes when all spots are reserved. Space in sessions of CODE4her is limited. Registration for the fall session will be opened soon.
This new session titled “HARDware made Easy” explored various hardware components. Participants programmed Micro:bit boards, Sphero SPRK+ robots and took computers apart.
Repeat Sphero SPRK+ session was all about Sphero SPRK+ programming. We had 32 girls and 17 BGSU students participating in this offering!
All new programming challenges, activities, and robots! During this session, girls learned to program using Sphero SPRK+ robots.
A repeat of the first session accommodated 32 girls who were on the wait list and did not get into the first session.
The entire first session revolved around an introduction to programming through an exploration of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Participants learned the basic principles of programming through this fun and highly interactive session. Each mentor worked with two mentees during all five meetings to build a close relationship.
CODE4her Reached Many in Northwest Ohio
We did not anticipate the level of interest that we received. Pins on the graphic below indicate participants from that town/city.