Coding camp aims to close tech field gender gap
ALBANY, N.Y. (July
10, 2019) -- For the next two weeks, eighth-grade girls from
Albany’s public schools will take part in the All Girls Summer Coding
Camp, a crash course in computer-science literacy and website
development designed to inspire young women to enter the male-dominated
field of technology.
The 13 students – handpicked from Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of
Excellence, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S.
Hackett Middle School for great attendance, grades and attitude – spent
part of their morning Tuesday debating the pros and cons of technology
before heading into hands-on coding work.
The goal is to raise awareness of coding at the same time the students
learn how technology can be used to improve their lives and the lives of
their community, said Greg Westover, one of the class teachers.
During the two weeks, the students will acquire the html coding skills
required to create a website. As they learn, they will grapple with
questions about the impact of technology on their community and society
as a whole. By the end of the class, each student will create her own
website that will involve promoting or raising awareness about a
The program is an initiative of AT&T, Albany Can Code and Capital Region
STEM Hub. The camp is fully financed through a $20,000 donation from
AT&T that covers the cost of lunch, snacks, computers and materials. The
school district is providing transportation to and from the camp, which
is located at Capital South Campus Center.
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The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High