Returners' Workshop 2017

Saturday, January 21st
1:00pm - 5:00 pm
Redwood City

On January 21st, 30 high school girls spent their Saturday at Box's Redwood City HQ to learn how to use and program an Arduino. With the help of Box volunteers and GTGTC mentors, the girls learned how to program LEDs and build a sensor. At the end of the session, the girls built a system that could post a tweet with the touch of a button! Thanks Box Women in Tech for hosting!

Brain Busters 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Stanford University

On November 12th, high school girls spent their Saturday at Stanford solving challenging puzzles and having CS related fun! The puzzle stations introduced girls to different areas of computer science, as well as showed the importance of teamwork and collaborative problem solving.

Thanks to all of the participants and mentors!

2016 Arduino Workshop with Box

Saturday, May 7, 2016
12:00PM - 4:00PM
Box, Inc. Headquarters, Redwood City

On May 7th, 30 high school girls spent their Saturday at Box's Redwood City HQ to learn how to use and program an Arduino. With the help of Box volunteers and GTGTC mentors, the girls learned how to program LEDs and build a sensor. At the end of the session, the girls built a system that could post a tweet with the touch of a button! Thanks Box Women in Tech for hosting!

Thanks so much to everyone at Box and to the girls who joined us for this tour!

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Code Camp 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Stanford University

Thank you to the 80 mentors and 260 high school girls who help make our fourth annual Code Camp a success! The rain could not keep these excited new programmers away.

The day began with breakfast and ice breakers in small groups, followed by a session of programming basics. After a puzzle challenge and some more programming basics, the high school girls mingled with the mentors during lunch.

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In the afternoon we got to the work on specific tracks in computer science, taught by Stanford students. In addition to some old favorites, we introduced a few new tracks this year to meet our growing demand! The list of tracks included: Web Design, Artificial Intelligence, Android, Computational Biology, Cryptography and Security, Natural Language Processing, Graphics, Arduino, Music and Technology, and Databases. Each student had the chance to participate in two tracks of their choice.

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The event ended with a Career Panel that featured top Silicon Valley female engineers, and passing out swag bags filled with goodies from all the girls’ favorite tech companies. We are already excited to start preparing for Code Camp 2017, and we hope to see everyone back for future GTGTC events!

CS+X Panel 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Stanford University

On Sunday, February 28th 25 high school girls joined GTGTC on Stanford’s campus for our first ever CS+X panel. Four enthusiastic Stanford women shared the way they combine computer science with other fields. They talked about CS+ Mental Health, Design, Biology, and English. They told participants about how they got into CS, challenges they have overcome in combining CS and another field, and gave some great advice on how to pursue CS and your other passions!

Thanks to all of the participants and mentors!

cs plus x panel 2016

2015 Company Tour of Box

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
4:00PM - 6:00PM
Box, Inc. Headquarters, Los Altos

GTGTC mentors took a group of girls to visit Box's headquarters. The group got a tour, then met with a panel of female engineers who answered questions about their experience at Box and in the tech industry in general, as well as more general questions like "what advice would you give your younger self?". Participants also had a chance to talk with the panelists in smaller groups. At the end of the evening, the girls got some awesome Box swag!

Thanks so much to everyone at Box and to the girls who joined us for this tour!

box headquarters 2015

Brain Busters 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Stanford University

On Sunday afternoon 48 girls split into 12 teams to solve challenging puzzles and have CS related fun! All the activities, from deciphering cryptic messages to designing a tower made from spaghetti sticks, emphasized approaching the problem like a computer scientist. In one activity, girls "programmed" their mentor to pick up candy and deliver it to them, learning basic coding structures such as 'while loops'. The puzzle stations introduced girls to different ares of computer science, as well as showed the importance of teamwork and collaborative problem solving.

Thanks to all of the participants and mentors!

brain busters 2015

2015 Pinterest Company Tour

Monday, August 10, 2015
1:00PM – 2:30 PM
Pinterest Headquarters

On Monday, August 10th, 2015, 11 high school girls and 2 GTGTC mentors toured Pinterest headquarters in San Francisco. The afternoon got off to a great start with surprise Pinterest swag gifts and a quick icebreaker session for the girls to meet each other. The group then had the opportunity to explore Pinterest’s beautiful main office building. Next, three Pinterest recruiters came to share their knowledge and answer questions about resumes. The girls divided into three groups, and each group worked with a recruiter to discuss resume best practices and run through an interactive activity teaching the girls how to structure a resume. We then had a quick break for a delicious snack of ice cream, fruit, and chocolate-chip cookies. Finally, the day wrapped up with an inspiring and informative Q&A session with a panel of three current Pinterest female engineers—Lucy Wang, Caroline Suen, and Tracy Chou.

Thanks so much to Dana Schafer for organizing the tour, and thank you to the fantastic recruiters and panelists that made the day so special!

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2015 Cryptography Workshop with Wickr

Sunday, May 17, 2015
12:00PM – 3:15 PM
Stanford Campus

On Sunday, May 17th, GTGTC invited 50 girls to Stanford for a brand new cryptography event hosted by The Wickr Foundation. Together with mentors from Wickr and the GTGTC team, the girls spent the day learning about encryption, white-hat hacking, cyber attacks, and cyber security.

The workshop started off with icebreakers and lunch with the mentors. Afterwards, the girls split into groups and were introduced to two main encryption puzzles: Pig Latin and Caesar Cipher. With the mentors, the girls developed algorithms for each puzzle, working their way from pseudo-code to Python and Java.

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Wickr also gave a presentation about cyber security in general, including topics such as key-encryption and certification. The day ended with an exciting guest presentation by CyFi on white-hat hacking and further hacking opportunities.

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crypto2015

Thank you to all who participated…it was blast! This was the first event of its kind and we hope to put on more events like these in the future!

2015 Code Camp

Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm
Stanford Campus

Over 200 high school girls and 40 Stanford mentors participated in our third annual Code Camp!

After registration and breakfast, all the students and mentors gathered in the auditorium. Our head coordinator Jessie Duan gave a brief welcome and demo, and then the girls jumped right into programming basics. To show just how accessible coding really is, in the morning session the girls began writing their own code straight away, using CodeHS to learn basic CS concepts in a fun and visual manner with the help of Karel the dog.

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During an interactive morning break, the students worked in groups to solve a fast-paced Easter egg puzzle challenge, using their new computer science skills to solve the puzzles.

During lunch, the girls were given the opportunity to get to know their mentors and ask questions about their experiences in CS at Stanford. Girls also took a quick tour of Stanford's main quad and engineering quad.

In the afternoon, students broke up into separate “Special Interest Tracks,” designed to highlight how programming can be applied to numerous other fields. Students got to choose 2 tracks out of Music & Technology, Graphics, Web Design, Android Apps, Computational Biology, and Hands-on Tinkering.

At the end of the day, the girls reconvened in the auditorium for a career panel with women who use their computer science degrees in many unique ways. Participants got to hear from Parisa Tabriz, Google’s “Security Princess,” Jess Lee, the CEO of Polyvore, Caitlin Colgrove, a software engineer at Palantir, and Ayman Nadeem, a Product Manager at Khan Academy. The women shared what their day-to-day lives are like at work, how they got interested in CS, and some great advice for high-school girls who want to get into engineering and technology. They all emphasized the importance of “optimizing for learning” and challenging yourself rather than focusing only on being successful.

Thanks to all the mentors, volunteers, women in industry, and participants who made this Code Camp an awesome day! We hope you’re all inspired to continue building your CS skills and we hope to see you at future GTGTC events.

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2015 Returners' Workshops

Saturday, February 21, 2015
11:45am-3:30pm
Stanford Campus

On Saturday, February 21st, GTGTC invited 40 girls to Stanford's campus for our first ever Returner's Workshops on Web Design & Hands-on Tinkering, designed for girls with some programming experience.

The girls started the day with lunch and icebreaker games with their mentors. The Web Design track then spent the afternoon creating their own website, even animating objects to move across the screen. Meanwhile, girls in the Hands-on Tinkering track built several projects, programming Arduino microcontrollers for interactive projects that lit up based on music volume or pressure. It was a blast, and we can’t wait to hold more of these track-based workshops!

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2014 LinkedIn Company Tour

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
4:00pm-5:30pm
LinkedIn Headquarters

On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, GTGTC mentors Jessie, Alexa, Lea, and Emily accompanied 20 girls on a tour of the LinkedIn campus in Mountain View.

The girls started their day with custom LinkedIn pie pops and swag bags before enjoying a mixer with LinkedIn engineers. Participants asked plenty of questions, chatted with women in the tech industry, and found out what it’s like to work at LinkedIn. Finally, the girls went on an awesome tour of campus, exploring band rehearsals, arcade games, LinkedIn bikes, and tech accessory vending machines.

Thanks to LinkedIn organizers Tessa and Cassie for showIN us around (and inspiring us to make our own IN puns...)!

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Brain Busters 2014

Saturday, November 14, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Stanford University

On Saturday afternoon 48 girls split into 12 teams to solve challenging puzzles and have CS related fun! All the activities, from deciphering cryptic messages to designing a tower made from spaghetti sticks, emphasized approaching the problem like a computer scientist. In one activity, girls "programmed" their mentor to pick up candy and deliver it to them, learning basic coding structures such as 'while loops'. The puzzle stations introduced girls to different ares of computer science, as well as showed the importance of teamwork and collaborative problem solving.

At the end of the day, the girls reconvened with the mentors to reflect on what they learned and the teams with the most points won cool prizes. It was an awesome day!

brain busters 2014

2014 Facebook Company Tour

Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00pm-5:15pm
Facebook Headquarters

On Thursday, October 30th, GTGTC took 22 girls and 3 mentors to visit Facebook’s Menlo Park campus. The afternoon started with a tour of the campus, giving the girls a chance to experience the work environment of Facebook employees. The girls got to go inside the Instagram office and learned about Facebook’s mission to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”

Next, the girls got to meet with six female engineers who shared their stories of how they became involved in computer science and how they started working for Facebook. The girls asked questions and learned about what it is like to be a women in tech as well as what it is like to work for Facebook.

The day ended at the sweet shop where the girls enjoyed delicious ice cream while chatting with the Facebook engineers!

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2014 3D Printing Workshop

Sunday, June 29, 2014
11:00am-1:00pm
Microsoft Store, Stanford Shopping Center

Dreamforge and GTGTC teamed up to teach 19 high school girls about graphics and 3D printing. Students learned how real-world objects are represented behind-the-scenes in code, and even built a cube out of pipe cleaners before encoding its faces and vertices.

Next, girls enjoyed lunch with mentors to chat about their experiences and internships. Finally, girls watched the Microsoft Store’s MakerBot 3D printer heat up and print several pieces of jewelry. Each girl left with either a 3D printed iPhone case, or a piece of jewelry that they designed themselves.

Thanks to Dreamforge for helping teach this workshop and doing all of the 3D printing, and to Microsoft for hosting us!

3D printed jewelry

2014 Google I/O Youth

Thursday, June 26, 2014
8:30am-12:20pm
Moscone West, San Francisco

Early Thursday morning at Moscone West, 12 high school girls were welcomed with tshirts and sunglasses into Google I/O, a notable developer conference that typically sells out in minutes.

The Google I/O Youth staff had organized a whirlwind morning of activities. Under the guidance of Google employees from a variety of teams, girls programmed LEGO Mindstorms robots, and created music and art using Google’s brand-new coding environment. Students then got a tour of the conference, trying out Google Cardboard, playing with Chrome’s new Lego project, learning about new languages, and much, much more amidst thousands of professional developers.

At the end of the morning, students went home with a taste of computer science in the real world, a couple new projects, and the experience of attending Google I/O!

Google I/O Youth

2014 Code Camp

Saturday, April 19, 2014
9:30AM - 5:00PM
Stanford University

At our second annual Code Camp, we brought together over 200 high school girls and 40 Stanford mentors for whirlwind day of programming and fun!

In the morning "Programming Basics" section, students used CodeHS, an online learning platform that is designed to help beginners learn to code in a fun and visual way, focusing on problem solving and big concepts rather than on syntax. Mentors helped students through the exercises, and by lunch time, everyone had written their own small programs!

mentors and students

During the morning Interactive Activity, students participated in a fast-paced Easter-themed challenge, using their newly acquired Computer Science chops to solve puzzles. It was a highlight of the day!

At lunch, the girls were given the opportunity to get to know their mentors and ask questions about their experiences in CS at Stanford.

In the afternoon, students broke up into separate “Special Interest Tracks,” which are classes that are designed to highlight how programming can be applied in so many ways. There were many tracks for students to choose from, including Web Design, Hands-On Tinkering, Code Breaking, App Development, Computational Biology, Graphics, CS Puzzle Solving, and Music & Tech. This year, students got to choose two areas of interest to explore.

To close the day, a career panel with five professional women in the work force shared their experiences. They represented a variety of industries and job titles and expertise (Senior Engineering Product Manager, Interaction Designer, Founder, Software Engineer, Senior Director of Engineering). Students had the opportunity to ask about working life and all the possibilities that are open to women with Computer Science and Engineering backgrounds. Many girls noted that this was their favorite part of the whole day!

career panel

Thank you to all the mentors, volunteers, women in industry, and participants who made this Code Camp the best one yet! We can’t wait to see you all at future GTGTC events. :)

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2014 Company Tour of Palantir

Friday, January 17, 2014
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Palantir Headquarters, Palo Alto

Where do computer science, disaster relief and design thinking come together? 12 Bay Area high school girls found out when they visited Palantir Technologies at their headquarters in Palo Alto. The girls were accompanied by 6 GTGTC mentors and got the chance to learn about Palantir's disaster reporting technology. The girls saw a demonstration of a cellphone application which allows those in disaster-struck areas to report destruction and call for relief. The application was launched during Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. The girls got to try it out, and see how real users were able to get to safety using it!

After the demo, the girls and mentors were split into small groups with Palantir engineers, where they went on intimate tours of the campus, visiting office space and design labs. The girls also got a chance to interact closely with engineers and ask any questions they had. Everyone had a blast talking to Palantir's engineers and loved the delicious cookies and hot chocolate!

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Brain Busters 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013
12:00PM - 4:00PM
Stanford University, Huang Engineering Building

Who needs computers to learn computer science? On a cold Saturday afternoon, GTGTC brought together 44 high school girls, split randomly into 11 teams, for an afternoon of CS-related puzzle solving and fun.

After kicking off the day with lunch and team war paint, GTGTC mentors guided teams through a series of six challenging puzzles that encompass different areas of computer science in creative ways. Throughout the day, girls "programmed" their mentors to bypass unknown obstacles and retrieve candy for them, learned how to parse SQL queries in order to solve a logic puzzle, decrypted a variety of secret encrypted messages, and much more!

After a fun-filled day of collaborative puzzle solving, the girls gathered in the Huang foyer to reflect on the afternoon, and mentors distributed prizes to the teams. We all had a blast!

brain busters

2013 Company Tour of Box

Friday, November 22, 2013
4:00PM - 6:00PM
Box, Inc. Headquarters, Los Altos

19 Bay Area high school girls and 6 GTGTC mentors toured Box's headquarters in Los Altos. The event started off with an impromptu visit from Box's CEO, Aaron Levie. Box engineers then led small groups of students and mentors around Box's many workspaces and departments. The mentors and students got a glimpse of the company's fun and collaborative culture and learned more about the diverse problems that Box engineers solve to make their product work for millions of users.

After the tour, the Box engineers held an informal Q&A panel to answer students' questions about CS, being a woman in tech, and why they love their jobs. The students also enjoyed Box's signature slide and plenty of free snacks!

box headquarters

2013 Computer History Museum Trip

Sunday, June 2, 2013
11:00AM – 1:30PM
Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum is a great place to explore and learn about how computer technology has evolved to where we are now. The museum tour guides are trained to help students look deeply and consider the relationships between historical artifacts and contemporary technology.

Thirty-two Bay Area high school girls and eight mentors (all Stanford University women in Computer Science) were inspired by the exhibits and participated in the docent-led discussion.

After the tour, the mentors and students enjoyed lunch on the lawn. During this hour, students had the opportunity to spend some personal time with the mentors. It was a unique opportunity to ask questions, get advice, and hear a first-hand perspective on what it's like being a woman in Computer Science.

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2013 Code Camp

Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Stanford University, Gates Computer Science Building

At our first annual Code Camp, We brought together 120 high school girls and 30 Stanford mentors for a day-long programming experience.

To start the day, all students and mentors gathered in the auditorium. Mentors introduced themselves and shared their personal Computer Science experiences (how they were first introduced to CS, how they fell in love with programming).

In the morning session, students were introduced to basic programming concepts. We used CodeHS, an online learning platform that is designed to help beginners learn to code, step by step. Students learned the building blocks of programming in a fun and visual way, focusing on problem solving and big concepts rather than on syntax.

During lunch, students got to spend some personal time with their mentors to ask questions and talk about their individual experiences.

In the afternoon session, students broke up into smaller "Special Interest Track" classes. Computer Science can be applied in so many different ways, and we wanted to give our students the ability to customize their learning experience. Students could choose to learn anything from Web Design, Hands-on Tinkering, CS Puzzle Solving, Computational Biology, and more!

To wrap up the day, students gathered in the auditorium to reflect on the day and say goodbye to their mentors.

Overall, it was a great success, and we can’t wait to make Code Camp even bigger and better next year!

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