Local educators launch ‘Girls Who Code Club’ in Livingston Parish

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Livingston Parish teachers have started a local Girls Who Code Club chapter to introduce area female students to educational and career options for women and girls with strong computing skills.

More than 20 girls from across the parish attended the club’s first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Denham Springs High School STEM and Robotics Center, according to Livingston Parish Public Schools spokesperson Delia A. Taylor.

Denham Springs High School STEM and Robotics Center Director Michael Simmons said the club focuses on educating, equipping and inspiring girls to seek technology jobs.

“The girls were informed about opportunities and introduced to other girls who share their interests and desires to pursue a career in computer technology,” Simmons said.

Girls Who Code, a nationally recognized nonprofit, aims to reach girls worldwide to close the gender gap in the tech industry. The organization indicates it is on track to close the gender gap in new, entry-level tech jobs by 2027–a significant leap from today’s gender gap in which only 24% of computer scientists are women, according to the group’s website.

Denham Springs High School teacher Sarah Halphen and STEM and Robotics Center teacher Chris Thorne started the Denham Springs-based Girls Who Code Club, which meets Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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