Stanford undergraduate women who are studying computer science lead weekly coding workshops for middle school girls in East Palo Alto. The goal of the program is to use an intersectional feminist approach to close the gender gap in computer science.
In the fall pilot program, mentors travel to Ronald McNair Middle School once a week to teach eight girls the AP CS curriculum. Starting winter quarter, mentors will meet with the girls twice a week. The outreach team uses CodeHS as a code submission tool and as a place the girls can go for reference when mentors are not present. Workshops consist of 20 minutes of teaching and 20 minutes of individual coding and/or debugging with a mentor. When not at Ronald McNair, mentors review the girls’ code submissions, write up individual feedback, create lesson plans, and send out specific assignments to our community partner.
These weekly workshops take an interdisciplinary approach to CS. Starting winter quarter, mentors will present on a CS+X topic (space, biology, chemistry, AI, etc) and provide a coding problem separate from those available on CodeHS.
GTGTC hopes to expand the pilot program to another high school that serves primarily students from East Palo Alto later this year.