Over 20 young women from Paul Cuffee School participated in the YWCA Fantastic Girltastic Code Company Challenge on Saturday, April 2 at Bryant University. The event showcased the YWCA’s program designed to introduce girls to computer science, coding, and technical skills. The outcome is to interest girls in pursuing careers in computer-related fields.
The challenge was to work in teams to create a mobile app that would address an issue that the girls saw in their schools or community. Teams had to think creatively, identify an issue and create a prototype app to solve it.
Fifth Graders, Fiona O’Hare and Marlaina MacDonald worked on separate teams, one coming up with an app named “School-ify” which enables kids who aren’t able to carry books around in school to call up data on a mobile device. Another team created “Super-Woman” – winner of the challenge – that enables the app user to find information on significant women in male-dominated history.
Both girls remarked that the day was “fun” as well as interesting and enjoyed the community aspect of working with a team to solve a problem.