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Black Girls CODE Aims to Close Digital Divide

by Michael Polzella

Black Girls CODE Memphis hosted a fall workshop with a focus on robots.

Participants explored coding fundamentals with Google Blockly and SmartGurlz robots and dolls. Described as tech divas, the girls learned about the importance of coding and then jumped into action by learning — step-by-step – to code robots.

Organizers say they are exposing girls to technology at a young age, which increases the likelihood they’ll choose a degree or major in computer science or engineering and science. In the introductory course, girls ages 7-12 worked together in teams, thinking analytically, designing, playing and coding in real time.

Kym Clark, WMC Action News 5

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