UCSD’s GirlTECH San Diego Program

UCSD’s GirlTECH program, hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, aims to encourage young women to learn and apply computational thinking and coding skills.

 GirlTECH San Diego:

  • Provide scholarships, financial assistance and MTS transportation assistance to low-income girls in middle schools and high school to participate in coding and computer science opportunities.
  • Create more opportunities for young women to learn computer science skills here at UCSD and by partnering with local universities, businesses and non-profit organizations in our community.

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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.

What’s New for Fall?

Fun Fall Workshops Coming Mid-October 2017

Our summer programs have ended but don’t worry! We are hard at work planning STEM workshops for the fall!Whether you are a high school student interested in computer science or a third grader who wants to learn robotics or maybe a middle school student who loves science, we hope to have something for all of you.

Current Fall 2017 Workshops and Events

For High School Students

AP Computer Science Test Preparation: Gain the Knowledge and Skills Needed to Pass the May 15, 2018 AP Computer Science Exam – Enrollment Closed
Saturdays, October 14, 2017  – May 5, 2018 (10 Class Sessions), 9:00am-3:00pm

ABLE Kick Off Event for High School Students with UCSD Undergraduates from SWE and WIC
Saturday, November 18, 2018 – 11:30am-1:30pm
For more information and to register, please visit the ABLE page.

For Middle School Students

Grace’s Coding Club: Coding Rocks! Learn to Code Music and Sounds
Sponsored by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of
Saturday, November 1
8, 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
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Workshop Overview

This introductory, drag and drop beginning programming course is intended for middle school students with little or no experience Coding.  Students will use Coding with Chrome: Blockly to create animated characters based on their own story with sound effects. Blockly is a partnership of MIT and Google using MIT App Inventor blocks that have been found to be a good way to begin to understand how blocks of code communicate. The workshop activities include putting exercise/dance movements to their coded percussion rhythms.

Workshop Goals:

Students will:

  • Code percussion sound effects and create exercise/dance movements to go with them;
  • Code simple geometric cartoon characters;
  • Code a very short story to go with their cartoon characters;
    • Code sound effects for the story.

How the Workshop will be taught:

The instructor will demonstrate the new material then guide the students as they learn to use Coding with Chrome: Blockly.

Tentative Schedule

9:00am: Blockly Sounds

  • Introduction
  • Students use Blockly to code their own percussion rhythm sounds then put simple exercise/dance movement to the rhythm

10:00am:     Blockly Drawing

  • Students use Blockly to code simple geometric drawings
  • They code a cartoon character

11:00am:        Blockly Text

  • Code a short story about cartoon character.

12:00pm:         Students use Blockly to put percussion sound effects with their cartoon story and then share the stories.


Must be a middle school student in grades 6=7
No prior coding experience reqiested
Comfortable using a computer

Instructor: Ann Wellhouse, UCSD StudentTECH
Course fee: $25.00

Grace’s Coding Club: Monday Munchies with a (CS and Science) Mentor
Monday, November 27, 2017 – 4:00pm-5:30pm, SDSC Auditorium 
Registration coming soon!

Grace’s Coding Club: Parent Idea Sharing and Feedback Roondtable
Monday, November 27, 2017 – 4:00pm-5:30pm, SDSC Auditorium 

New Partnerships to Give YOU More Learning Opportunities

The San Diego Supercomputer Center’s GirlTECH program is partnering with Expanding Your Horizons of San Diego, part of a national program of conferences designed to inspire girls in grades 6-10 to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in STEM fields. Last year, EYH expanded their program to support the growing needs of our community in engaging young women in science, technology, education and math. EYH now includes the annual EYH conference for girls in grades 6-10, a Teen STEM café program for girls in grades 10-12 designed to engage students with working STEM professionals throughout the school year, and a network for undergraduate women that are pursuing careers in STEM. Coupled with SDSC’s broad range of summer programs, its Grace’s Coding Club for middle school students and its two high school internship programs, our collaborative mission to engage young women in STEM is bigger than ever!

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