VTLIB & Girls Who Code

Vermont Department of Libraries is proud to partner with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school girls across Vermont. We would love for your school and public library to host a Club!

Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Clubs are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members.

  • 6th-12th grade Clubs program: here’s an overview of the Clubs curriculum that focuses on a Girls Who Code Project where girls work in teams to solve a real world problem they care about through code.
  • 3rd-5th grade Clubs program: the fun and engaging curriculum is a book club model where students learn from Girls Who Code’s best-selling book Learn to Code and Change the World and participate in interactive activities that can be run completely offline with optional online activities.

In addition to free training, curriculum, and resources, Girls Who Code also provides each Club with:

  • Ongoing, individualized support from a Club Success Specialist. Club Success Specialists are available via email, phone, or video conference through the year.
  • A Clubs Fund mini-grant of $300 for Clubs to use on supplies, snacks and anything else that will help get your students excited about the program
  • Free t-shirts for each student enrolled on Girls Who Code HQ
  • Free books for each student enrolled in 3rd-5th grade Clubs

To learn more about Girls Who Code programs, there will be a special Vermont workshop on October 7th, 2019, with in-person or virtual attendance options. Registration is here. For a step-by-step guide on how to start a Girls Who Code Club look here

To start a Club, you need:

  • Space to host the Club
  • Computers and internet for each Club member in 6-12th grade Clubs. Sorry, tablets and phones are not allowed! Computers are optional for 3-5th grade Clubs. Girls Who Code will provide a subset of complimentary books.
  • An adult who will be responsible for facilitating the Club through the Girls Who Code curriculum for 1-2 hours each week and communicating with Girls Who Code. No technical experience necessary -- just a passion for the movement!

APPLY TO START A CLUB HERE

*Please Note: It is important that you indicate our partnership affiliation on the Clubs Application in order to receive partnership benefits! Please list Vermont Department of Libraries as your partner affiliation on the 4th page titled About Your Club for the following question: Is your Club affiliated with a Girls Who Code Community Partner (school districts, library systems, nonprofit organization, afterschool networks etc.)?

 

Please contact Joy Worland (802-636-0027, joy.worland@vermont.gov) if you have any questions about how to get started.

Thanks for supporting our partnership with Girls Who Code!