Girls in Code


Girls from Staley pose in front the “#GirlsInTechKC” wall wearing T-shirts from the event. “I’m so glad that we went, it was a great experience,” says sophomore Sophia Jordan. The eighteen girls, all from different grades, worked alongside each other throughout the day.

Kayla Pospisil

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, organization created an “Hour of Code” event that was hosted by KC Stem Alliance, in partnership with Cerner and other sponsors. Girls all across the city participated in a Girls in Coding workshop Dec. 5 at Commerce Bank downtown.

Eighteen girls from Staley attended, and most of them are involved in some technology or engineering class, such as computer science principles or computer science essentials. At the event, the girls were paired with a middle school partner and coded their own dance using the website. In addition to coding their own dance parties, some girls even got to code their own songs.

“We paired girls from our feeder middle schools with our high schoolers so that they had the ability to have some familiar faces once they get to Staley and so they can have some experiences in coding,” said computer science teacher Lesley Martin.

Not only were the girls introduced to coding through both the website and hands-on experience, there was also a panel made up of employees from Commerce Bank who discussed having a biology degree in computer sciences.

“My favorite part was hearing from the women that work at Commerce Bank and what all their job is under their computer science degrees,” said sophomore Sophia Jordan.

These adults mentored the girls throughout the day, giving them a different perspective on computer science