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IT.Girls Code Launches Locally

Ever since Chaya Trapedo, a student at Manhattan High School for Girls, was able to click a mouse, she was fascinated by computers. She tried pursuing her interests in elementary school but her options were limited. Workshops offered by Apple and Grow with Google were short-term, superficial and unstimulating. Spending a summer with The Coding Space in NYC provided a rich foundation in Scratch, JavaScript, HTML and CSS, but the environment and commute were not optimal. Online classes through YouthDigital and Rice University, where Trapedo earned a certificate in Python, were rigorous but isolating. As a high school student, she’s finally able to go further into programming, but she wishes she wouldn’t have had to wait so long… or leave Teaneck.

Trapedo launched IT.Girls Code last summer to teach Jewish girls the fundamental elements of coding. Beyond developing their programming skills, IT.Girls learn first-hand that information is power. By keeping class sizes small, girls can practice problem-solving as a team without sacrificing individualized instruction and support. This unique learning environment is what makes IT.Girls say, “It was really cool when the computer would do what I tell it to.” Parents are also appreciative, one reflecting that the classes were “a really great first experience with coding.” Understanding coding as a vital communication tool can help IT.Girls explore their passion, whatever it may be.

For more information and to see student work, visit www.itgirls.code.com.

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