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‘Girls Who Code’ make presentation to school board

The participants in the Cumberland Girls Who Code made a presentation to the Cumberland County School Board Thursday, March 5. Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization with the goal of supporting and increasing the number of women in computer science. Currently, Girls Who Code has served more than 185,000 girls.

At Cumberland, Girls Who Code operates as an after-school program for girls in grades three through five. The program has three basic parts. First, girls study basic coding by learning the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.

Second, the girls form a sisterhood by collaborating in a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.

Third, the girls try to make an impact on the world by working in teams to design a computer science project that solves a real-world problem that the girls care about.

Participants include Yaretzi Cruz-Araujo, Chloe Bell, Annaclaire Bristol, Piper Brinkley, Maria Calhoon, Makayla Eppes, Baylee Haas, Aunnesti Haskins, Kylea-Rae Mayes, Maggie Meadows, Kayla Myers, Cheyenne Naylor, Kami Patterson, MaKayla Robinson, and Daryn Woodson-Trent.

Sponsors are Mrs. Francine Scott-Thompson and Mrs. Kyle Bouknight.