Seventeen students participated in a week-long code camp made possible by Windstream. The code camp, which ended July 22, is designed to prepare young women for careers in computer science, information science, or web design. The eight and ninth graders spent the week with UA Little Rock Campus Living for just a taste of the “college life.” During the week, the students gained skills in HTML, CSS, and Java. The girls then applied these skills to develop a hobby-based website. The girls worked with Thomas Wallace, a senior instructor in the Department of Information Science. Wallace is also UA Little Rock’s coordinator of the Web Design and Development program.
Additionally, the students attended “Girl Talk” seminars, where they heard opportunities for girls in computer and information science. The speakers consisted of local female professionals from Windstream. Also among the week’s events was a field trip to CJRW, a Little Rock-based advertising firm. There, the students gained insight into careers in digital marketing as well as careers in technology and computer science.
The free program is now open to boys as well.
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