Welcome to GirlTECH San Diego

GirlTECH San Diego is a project dedicated to serving the needs of female computing talent in the community. We aim to inspire and encourage your further involvement in this rapidly progressing field.

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Check on this site for workshop and event updates as well as news items specifically geared toward girls in computing! We hope to provide abundant opportunities for you to thrive and reach your full potential.

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GirlTECH Highlights

CONGRATULATIONS! – GirlTECH Is Granted 501c3 Non-profit Classification
GirlTECH San Diego has been granted 501c3 non-profit status by the IRS!
We are delighted to report that the IRS has granted 501c3 non-profit status as a public charity to GirlTECH San Diego. This means GirlTECH donors can deduct contributions to GirlTECH under the IRS Section 170.

This important 501c3 designation allows GirlTECH to receive tax deductible gifts, donations, devises, bequests in support of the GirlTECH mission. We welcome and encourage individual and corporate contributions, as well as grants and bequests to support our mission as:

    • A fundraising organization for camp and club sponsorships that cover the cost of coding education for low-income girls
    • An advocate for coding classes for girls and source of information on courses available in San Diego County

GirlTECH San Diego Thanks Microsoft
Working with GirlTECH, Reggie Hutcherson and Sam Stokes of Microsoft generously spent two days in San Diego “turning on the light” for students in low-income neighborhoods with no-cost App-building and design workshops. The Microsoft team conducted four free half-day classes at The Elementary Institute of Science, Mission Valley Y Cymer Technology Lab and The Linda Vista Boys and Girls Club.   The classes featured Touch Develop by Microsoft, on the cloud and free, enabling students to continue to practice what they learned from home on a computer or on smart phones or tablets.

GirlTECH San Diego welcomes and thanks our new  partner Microsoft.

News Highlights

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Urges Girls To Participate In Code.org’s Hour Of Code
Young Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has thrown in her support for Code.org’s Hour of Code program to get young women and girls into computer science. ust days after becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history, Yousafzai took to YouTube to implore young women and girls in every country to do one hour of code. “You can do it, even if you don’t have a computer,” she tells the audience. The program was backed with support from President Obama and a slew of other politicians, celebrities and tech giants such as Microsoft and Google through a grass roots campaign last December. The idea was to get every student to try their hand at coding.
read more & view video

Why Top Universities Are Teaching Drag and Drop Programming (video)
UC Berkeley Professor Dan Garcia explains why top universities are all moving towards introducing students to programming with visual, block-based drag and drop programming.
view video

Student Spotlight

CONGRATULATIONS – Grace C, our Summer Intern, and Her Team Win at the San Diego International Women’s Hackathon 
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | Cal State University, San Marcos
This past weekend, Grace, one of our summer REHS students, participated in the International Women’s Hackathon and her team won two of four categories: Appropriateness of Theme and Technical Difficulty. Her team was composed of two high school students and four college students, and they competed against many other high school and college-age females to create an educational application in less than a day. Disaster Relief was the topic assigned to their team and the team created both a website and game on this topic in just over six hours.
view the website created by Grace & her team
view the game that was created
view project summary
read more in Union Tribune feature

GOOD LUCK! – Zander C, One of our Summer Interns, Enters His Research Work
Zander entered his summer research work as part of REHS in the Siemens Competition. The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The Competition is the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.
view Zander’s manuscript