2024 Girls Who Code

Celebrating Ten Years of Partnership: Software.org and Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program

Software.org: the BSA Foundation is proud to partner for its tenth consecutive year with Girls Who Code for the two-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP). This program addresses the gender gap in STEM by bringing together young women and nonbinary students from high schools nationwide to learn coding in virtual classrooms led by mentors from industry-leading companies.

During the two-week SIP, Girls Who Code instructors will primarily focus on teaching the basics of web development through interactive lessons and projects. This year, students will delve into Game Design, covering beginner and intermediate computer science concepts such as UX design basics, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development. In addition to coding, students will engage in mentorship workshops, explore career opportunities in STEM through interactions with women in the software industry, and meet with members of Congress and other high-ranking government officials.

Throughout the program, students will participate in a series of mentorship workshops. Software.org continues its commitment, building on BSA | The Software Alliance’s legacy, which has supported a DC Girls Who Code SIP classroom since the program’s inception in 2015.

Key Highlights:

  • Interactive Learning: Students, many with no prior coding experience, will learn web development basics and game design principles.
  • Mentorship and Career Exploration: Students will gain insights from women in the tech industry and participate in workshops to learn about various career paths.
  • High-Profile Engagements: Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with influential figures in government and industry.

Software.org and Girls Who Code are committed to closing the gender gap in technology and inspiring the next generation of female tech leaders. We look forward to another successful year of empowering young women through this transformative program.

To learn more about last year’s program, visit the 2023 Girls Who Code page.

Diamond Edmonds
Site Lead

Shraddha Patel
Instructor

My name is Shraddha Patel, an enthusiastic math teacher and current computer science student at the University of Texas at Dallas. I also earned my B.S. in Mathematics from UT Dallas in 2019. I was proudly born and raised in Queens, New York, and I currently live in Texas. This is my first summer teaching with Girls Who Code! Coding and teaching both challenge my mind in exciting ways, and I enjoy growing through the challenges. My favorite language to code in is Python🐍. My love for teaching and continuously learning new things led me to spend two amazing years teaching in Spain. I prioritize spending my free time with friends and family.

Courtney Kelley
Instructor

My name is Courtney Kelley (she/her) and I just graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Business Administration and Information Systems. This will be my fourth year at Girls Who Code teaching the summer immersion program but my first as an instructor! I love to travel to all different types of places, I also love to read and go to concerts. I am so excited to be back another summer to watch how much the students grow and accomplish throughout the two weeks!

Vanessa Gonzalez
Teaching Assistant

My name is Vanessa Gonzalez (she/her) and I am a rising senior at the University of Florida majoring in business administration with a minor in computer science. I am from Caracas, Venezuela, and I’m currently living in Miami Beach, Florida. This is my second year teaching at SIP, and fourth year being part of Girls Who Code since I was a SIP student back in 2020. Something that I love about Girls Who Code and is the reason I come back every year is the sisterhood bond, how supporting every person is of each other. Outside of work and school, I enjoy reading, roller skating, and painting.

Julia Tran
Teaching Assistant

My name is Julia Tran (she/her/hers) and I am a rising sophomore in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was born and raised in Illinois, specifically the northern suburbs. Though this is my first time teaching with Girls Who Code, I previously did SIP in 2022 so I’m super excited to assist this program as one of your TAs! I love all facets of coding including, but not limited to software development, AI/ML, and data analysis. Outside of the classroom, I love to read, workout, and skateboard to unwind!

Fiza Shakeel
Teaching Assistant

Hi there! My name is Fiza and I am a rising junior at Yale University. This is my first time TA’ing at Girls Who Code, where I was a student for the summer immersion program a couple of years back. In my free time, I like to draw and play video games.

Chelsea Lantigua
Teaching Assistant

I am Chelsea Lantigua. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York. This is my first summer teaching with the Girls Who Code Program! I am interested in STEM Education, more specifically coding and math. Outside of Girls Who Code, I am a tutor at the City College of New York. I seek to grow as a teacher to help students excel in STEM. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, exercising, and cooking.

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