Girls Who Code (Grades 5-8)
What is the program about?
For the fourth year, JerseySTEM is hosting a Girls Who Code program for girls in Grades 5-8 in Chatham, Madison, New Providence, Summit and surrounding towns.
Girls meet once a week for 2 hours, gaining confidence and building teamwork skills as they explore coding and learn the basics of computer science. They will have the chance to create an app to solve a problem they care about, and connect with women who are making a difference in STEM fields today.
Club participants will also have the opportunity to submit their projects into competitions and attend Girls Who Code summer programs where they can further their understanding of how technology can be used to make a difference.
Participants of the program enjoy the following benefits:
Attend weekly meetings in a safe and fun girls only setting
Participate in Field trips to STEM destinations
Take leadership roles
Utilize real world STEM industry practices
Reinforce critical thinking and collaboration skills
Interact with professionals and get your job-related queries answered through STEMTalks
Students learn block coding using various programming tools to introduce core computer science fundamentals such as loops, variables, conditionals and functions.
Students develop a sense of sisterhood as they interact with supportive peers and role models.
Students create a positive impact on their community through the development of an app and post it on the App Store.
A program Sponsored by
Time and Location:
Saturdays 10 AM-12 PM at Chatham Middle School
480 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928
Attend at least 80% of the scheduled meetings
No mandatory homework
Girls in Tech Spotlight
Coach: Kaylee Kohfeldt
Kaylee attended the University of Florida and studied information systems and marketing. She decided to pursue a career in software engineering because she really liked Java. She worked at JP Morgan Chase as a java applications developer in Delaware and recently moved to Jersey City to be a python developer on a different team. Outside of technology, her interests include travel, food, and dogs.
Natalia Luzuriaga is a Girls Who Code coach for JerseySTEM. She is junior in the Computer Information Sciences Academy of Morris County School of Technology. She has published her own iOS game in the App Store as well as taught coding classes for middle school students in her local library.
is the Girls Who Code Student Ambassador for JerseySTEM. She is a senior at Chatham High School and has been for 3 years introducing young girls to Robotics, Programing and Math.
Tahi is an Entrepreneur and a business manager with background in technology
Hasumi is a freshmen with a major in Computer Science and minor in Applied Mathematics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She participated in the 2016 GWC Summer Immersion Program her junior year at Prudential HQ, and subsequently founded her high school's GWC Club her senior year. Besides programming, she enjoys reading, writing, personal development, and spending time in nature.
Zaafira is expected to graduate in 2021 with a B.S. in Computer Science. She has tutored kids in 8th grade and below in math at Kumon, volunteered at the library, and led Java projects in AP Computer Science. Her areas of expertise include Java, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Zaafira enjoys cooking, calligraphy, chess, and Pinterest in her spare time.
JerseySTEM is a cooperative network of parents, professionals, students and educators whose goal is to promote excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) education. We are dedicated to partnering with local schools and other organizations to create and enhance STEM-oriented educational opportunities as part of students' paths towards college and career readiness, and to develop effective STEM programs and initiatives that engage students and educators. JerseySTEM is also committed to bridging the gender gap in STEM education and sharing STEM-related opportunities with underprivileged students and communities.