2020 Girls Who Code

Software.org: the BSA Foundation is excited to work with Girls Who Code to help close the tech gender gap by hosting rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade girls for the 2020 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program (SIP). This year’s program is a little different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; although we are unable to host students in person this summer, Software.org remains steadfast in its support of the Girls Who Code SIP in these challenging times.

In the new, virtual SIP classroom, instructors will devote the bulk of the limited two-week instruction time to teaching students—many of whom enter the course with no prior coding experience—the basics of web development through interactive lessons and projects. Students will learn how to create their own website using HTML and CSS and learn about coding logic by creating a personality quiz app using JavaScript. Finally, students will create a final project of their choosing using the skills they learned and present it to their peers at a final project showcase. Throughout the program, students will also participate in a mentorship workshop, learn about career opportunities in STEM from women working in the software industry, and meet with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Software.org continues the work of BSA | The Software Alliance, which has sponsored a DC Girls Who Code SIP classroom since the program’s creation in 2015. This year, Software.org’s virtual SIP classroom will reach a total of 37 girls from DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Our efforts are among over 40 Girls Who Code programs across the country, including classrooms sponsored by some of Software.org’s supporting companies: Adobe, Autodesk, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce.

To learn more about last year’s program, visit the 2019 Girls Who Code page.

Naomi Keusch-Baker
Instructor

Hi, my name is Naomi Keusch-Baker and I grew up in New York City, but now I am proud to be part of the Atlanta community. This May, I graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Computer Science. At Emory, I was co-president of the Girls Who Code Club, outreach chair for Emory Pride, and an Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) Fellow.  I know this is not the way we hoped it would be but I’m determined to make the virtual program as wonderful as ever.

Claire Recamier
Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Claire Recamier and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I am currently a rising junior at Yale. I love reading memoirs and cooking Taiwanese food. I’d love to someday visit Thailand and Russia. When I’m not teaching girls to code I like to: binge-watch TV (Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Skins, etc) and dance videos.

Riya Simha
Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Riya Simha and I will be entering my third year as a student at San Diego State University majoring in Computer Science. Some of my hobbies include art and singing. I’m excited to teach girls to code because: I am excited to get other girls interested and passionate about coding because when I first started learning how to code I felt so empowered completing my coding projects.

Sarah Schuraytz
Teaching Assistant

Hi my name is Sarah Schuraytz and I recently completed my undergraduate degree in computer science at Touro College in NYC. As a student, I interned at Northrop Grumman in Woodland Hills and at CloudResearch in NYC. After sampling a range of industries and companies, I have decided to accept a full time position at UBS, where I will be applying my technology skills to the world of investment banking.

Joe Ochterski
Site Lead

Hi my name is Joe Ochterski and I have been teaching chemistry at East Hampton High School in Connecticut for 13 years, and just this year added a computer science to my teaching day. Prior to that, I worked in the chemistry software and pharmaceutical industry for about 14 years. This will be my fourth year working with the Summer Immersion Program.

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