Girls Who Code Club starting at Providence Community Library

PROVIDENCE – Providence Community Library will launch a Girls Who Code Club at its Rochambeau branch starting Jan. 22.
The club will be led by Gryte Satas from Brown University’s Computer Science Department.
According to information from the library, the club will offer girls an opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence, cryptography, graphics, mobile development, as well as other computer and coding skills.
Any girl in grades 6-12 will be eligible to join the club, which is billed as the only public Girls Who Code Club in Rhode Island.

The club’s mission is to inspire, educate and equip girls with skills to pursue 21st century opportunities, a news release from the library said.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that 1.4 million computer specialist job openings will exist by 2020, but women are in the minority when it comes to technology careers. In 2013, women held less than 25 percent of technical jobs, despite representing the majority of the labor force, according to information from the library.

PCL joined forces with Girls Who Code after a mother and daughter approached the library with the idea of starting a club.
“Girls Who Code is an amazing organization,” Ed Graves, Rochambeau regional librarian, said in a statement.
“We’re excited to expand programming offered by our computer lab and to get more girls involved in a widening computer science field,” he said.
He said Satas is a role model for any girl considering a career in computer science and technology. Satas graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in physics and computer science before working as a programmer, creating molecular dynamics simulations, in the biochemistry department at Saint Louis University. She joined Brown University’s cancer genomics group last year, beginning a doctoral program in the same group.

Rochambeau’s Girls Who Code Club will meet at 708 Hope St. on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Membership of the club requires registration; visit the library, email or call 272-3780 for information.

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