3 Easy Ways to Get Your Girl Coding
Last week we read about girls and women who had learned to code and built some pretty amazing and inspiring apps. You can read about them here.
Today I’ve got three easy ways for you to get the girl in your life learning to code. I researched and selected these because they are very accessible and great for beginners. Two of them can be done from home!
This is a subscription box that teaches kids to code. It’s best for age 6 to 12.
Each colorful box includes dozens of coding projects, like the one called Rocket Girl! There is a range of difficulty so as the girls get better at coding they can take on more difficult projects.
Here’s how this is how it works:
- Kids pick the app they want to build from the materials sent to them in the box.
- They type the app into the Bitsbox website. They start with the provided code but then can change it to make it their own.
- Kids then can use or share the app on any mobile device.
I became aware of this great offering from MIT last month when it was used by Lisa Saunders, a computer science educator from Pinecrest School. She volunteered her time to teach girls to build apps at the Girls Leadership Institute. Lisa is a big fan of this innovative beginners introduction to programming and app creation. It uses visual drag-and-drop blocks and a simple graphical interface to allow a newbie to create a basic, fully functioning app in an hour or less.
The MIT App Inventor site shows students from primary through high school using the program, so it’s great for a wide range of ages.
Does your daughter thrive working with others? Well then Girls Who Code may be the perfect fit. This national nonprofit recently announced that it is expanding its free after school clubs program to all 50 states this year. This makes it the largest computer science program for girls in the U.S.
The clubs are open to girls in grades 6 through 12. They make it so easy. Visit their website and on the home page you’ll find a way to search for a club near you.
Let me know how it goes. I’d love to do a blog post about the app you build next!