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Girls Who Code Club coming to Omaha

Feb 18, 2016

An Omaha Public Library branch will be the home of a Girls Who Code club.

Girls Who Code is a national organization that teaches coding to sixth through 12th grade students. On March 5th, the Milton R. Abrahams Branch of the Omaha Public Library will launch its Girls Who Code club. An informational session about the club will happen Saturday at the Abrahams Branch.

Marvel Maring, manager of the Abrahams Branch, says the classes provide an important opportunity for girls and young women.

"It’s been really exciting, because it’s an important opportunity for young girls to move forward in these areas. Sometimes, there are social pressures and girls can feel that maybe this is a male-dominated area and that they don’t have a voice. And so by having girls’ clubs, it’s a much more comfortable environment for them."

Girls who participate in the club will take classes for 20 weeks on topics such as artificial intelligence, game design, and mobile development. Maring says there’s an application, essay, and interview process for the Girls Who Code club. The program can admit 24 girls total.

More information is available at omahalibrary.org.