2021 Girls Who Code

Software.org: the BSA Foundation is excited to partner with Girls Who Code to help close the tech gender gap by hosting rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade girls for the 2021 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program (SIP). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s SIP will once again take place as a fully virtual classroom.

Girls Who Code instructors will devote the bulk of the 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 series of mentorship workshops, 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 record high total of 61 girls across the Eastern Daylight Time Zone from Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and West Virginia.

To learn more about last year’s program, visit the 2020 Girls Who Code page.

Chandra Adhikari – Instructor

Chandra Adhikari

I live in Worcester, MA but I am originally from Nepal. I recently graduated from Clark University with a bachelor of arts in computer science and data science. I work for the UNUM insurance company as a scholar intern. I am an instructor @ SIP Girls Who Code. Fun fact about me: I like trying bubble tea from different places.

Aisha Robinson – Instructor

Aisha Robinson

Greetings, my name is Aisha Robinson. I am currently a high school business and computer science teacher in Georgia. I am a proud HBCU graduate from The Fort Valley State University. I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I love spending time with my family, watching movies, reading, cooking, traveling, painting, and working outside in my yard. I am a life-long learner and I love educating others.

Caroline Crooks – Teaching Assistant

Caroline Crooks
Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Caroline. I am a teaching assistant for Girls Who Code this summer, and during the school year I study engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going on walks, and playing video games.

Grace Lin – Teaching Assistant

Grace Lin
Teaching Assistant

I’m Grace and I’m a rising junior studying computer science and psychology at Macalester College. I’m currently home in New York City this summer. I’m really interested in the intersection between art and technology. In my free time, I like to run, take photos, make digital art, play guitar, and bake. I’m obsessed with baked oatmeal (send me recipes) and I know how to play the bagpipe (ask me about it)!

Zeineb Ouerghi – Teaching Assistant

Zeineb Ouerghi
Teaching Assistant

I am Zeineb Ouerghi. I am 21 years old. I am a rising junior at Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco. I am majoring in computer science with a special concentration in data science and minoring in neuroscience and cognition. I like the intersection between technology, health and neuroscience and I would love to pursue research in these fields in the future. I have always been passionate about fostering female digital literacy. Hence, I am excited to be working with GWC this summer. My hobbies include hiking, yoga, reading, fermenting, cheese-making, and traveling.

Michelle Tu
Teaching Assistant

I’m currently a student at Wellesley College, studying astrophysics and CS. Some of my hobbies include dancing, playing the viola, doing wushu, and playing with my dog.

Ambar Gutierrez
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