It was heartening to watch the students learn and challenge their understanding over the course of the two week program. By the end, students built impressive and inventive apps based on their interests and passions. Students created a virtual fashion closet resembling Cher’s in Clueless, a tool to sort through weather data to make predictions about global warming, and an app that allows consumers to sample a book’s first few pages before purchasing. While each of the students learned the same technical skill set, the diversity of these projects showed them how code can be applied to whatever industry they choose to pursue. Watching alongside the students’ parents as these young women presented their projects left me hopeful and proud.
Now one year later, I’m excited to expand this coding initiative and launch the first Kode With Klossy summer camp. Through our camp, nearly eighty young women in New York, Los Angeles and my hometown of St. Louis will join a community of female coding students to learn the fundamentals of programming Ruby. The Kode With Klossy curriculum, powered by the learn.co platform and taught by inspiring teachers, is designed to be fun, hands-on and collaborative. Through teamwork and creativity, each student will learn how to use code to build a web app that expresses her personal passions. I’m eager to share this transformative experience with this summer’s group of Kode With Klossy scholars and to continue to grow and build this community of bright young women.