Frequently Asked Questions


Applying

Girls Who Code is for girls in 6-12th grade. Some clubs only have a class for 6-8th graders or 9-12th graders. Please read the club's application when applying.
Nothing! With the help of volunteers and sponsors, the club is free for girls. However, we are not able to offer transportation to or from Girls Who Code classes or events.

The club will provide one during class, but it is also useful for your girl to have access to a computer outside of class. The only requirements are that the computer have the most recent version of the Chrome browser installed and access to the internet.

But apply either way. We do not want to stop any girl from participating because she does not have access to a computer. Please let the club know when applying if your girl needs access to a computer.

Clubs typically follow the school year, starting either in the fall or spring semester, but each club will determine their own start dates. Check out the Clubs page to see when local clubs start.
Each session meets for 40 hours of class time. Each club decides how those 40 hours are distributed. Girls are encouraged to work on code or projects outside of class time.
No, she needs to apply for the club she would like to join. If you would like to observe a class, please contact one of the club organizers.
Each club handles their own applications. Go to the Clubs page and click on the club that you want to apply for. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact us directly, and we will put you in touch with the right people.
Yes, we hope she does! Girls Who Code's curriculum has three levels. In each level, girls build off of skills learned in previous levels. The coursework is self-guided, so your girl might take a few sessions to complete a level, or finish one level and start another in a single session.

Local Clubs

The curriculum is the same, but the volunteers, instructors, and meeting times are different. Sign up for the club that is convenient for you and your girl.
No. We are all volunteers who believe in the mission. Visit our Volunteers page to see the strong support for this mission in Omaha.
Check out the Clubs page to find out more about who is teaching at each club.

Curriculum

The Girls Who Code curriculum has three levels. Girls start with a pretest, so they are assigned to the level appropriate to them.

  1. Learning the basics of code: variables, data types, conditionals, loops
  2. Learning the basics of web development: JavaScript animations, html & css, SQL and database design, and mobile web development
  3. Learning advanced software development, like mobile app development and APIs

After Level 3, the course is self-guided (with instructor support).

During the first half of the course, girls learn the fundamental of code. During the second half of the course, they put those skills to use to create a group project.

The Girls Who Code curriculum has three levels.

In the first level, the curriculum is in python.

In the second level, the girls learn JavaScript, html and css, and SQL.

In the third level, the girls learn about APIs, mobile apps, or anything else they are interested in, so the languages vary.

The girls do! During the second half of the session, each class decides on a project that will call attention to an important issue in their community. The girls pitch, vote, research, plan, and work on their projects using project management methodologies, like Agile and scrum. The projects are a way for the girls to use their skills to build something together as a team, as you would in the real world.
PoweredByHer is a national site that showcases the work of girls in tech, and it has links to projects from many Girls Who Code clubs. To see the projects of local clubs, check out the Clubs page.
Great question! Check out the Resources page to find opportunities to either start or continue learning about code.

Opportunities

Our local clubs needs instructors, teaching assistants, speakers, and organizers.

  • Instructors should know how to code and be able to commit to an entire session. Depending on the club's needs, instructors may need to apply to the national Girls Who Code organization to qualify and submit to a background check.
  • Teaching assistants should either know code or have experience teaching girls and be willing to learn code from the curriculum.
  • Speakers are people who can inspire or teach the girls about their own journey in tech or about the larger tech community. Speakers drop in on class time for a short presentation.
  • Organizers help the clubs run. They may plan for events, schedule volunteers, handle club applications, draw up marketing materials, prepare the classrooms, and more.

To get started, please contact us and let us know how you would like to help. Thank you! We rely on volunteers to keep running.

That varies, by club and by role.

Instructors and organizers commit the most time. Each session of Girls Who Code is 40 hours of class time, plus at least as much time again in preparation and other events. We ask Teaching Assistants to commit to at least five classes in a row and practice the curriculum a week beforehand.

If you can't commit that much time, we also need speakers, volunteers for special events, and donors. Let us know your skills and availability, and we'll put you in touch with local clubs with those needs.

Maybe. Girls Who Code is not able to handle transportation to and from events, so we handle this on a case by case basis. But please contact us! We would love to hear more.

Code

There are three levels to Girls Who Code, and the curriculum is self-paced, so beginners may be in the same class as more experienced coders.

  • In the first level, the curriculum is in python.
  • In the second level, the girls learn JavaScript, html and css, and SQL.
  • In the third level, the girls learn about APIs, mobile apps, or anything else they are interested in.

However, if you know any coding language and are willing to follow the lessons yourself before class, you will quickly pick up enough to help the girls in the first two levels.

No. Some roles, like the speaker or organizer position, do not require that you know code. If you are willing to learn code and have experience as a teacher, you can also consider the teaching assistant position.

New Clubs

That's great! The Girls Who Code national site describes what you need to start a club and how to apply, and they are the only organization that can approve new clubs. We would love to connect with you during this process to share knowledge and resources. Contact us!
If your club is in the Omaha area and has been approved through the national organization, we would love to post your club's information on our site. Get in touch with us to get started!