February AAUW program goes bananas!
A banana isn't a banana when it's used as a mouse! Girls from around the Fox Valley learned this during a program on "Computer Coding for Young Girls," presented by the American Association of Women Batavia-St. Charles-Geneva chapter at the St. Charles Public Library.
On Feb. 4, coding instructor Robin Schroeder and Mary Ann Maki spoke about the Fox Valley Girls Coding Club which they organized in 2015. They offered demonstrations of the web-based tools Scratch and Makey Makey -- a circuit board allowing kids to create a keyboard out of anything that conducts electricity.
Schroeder said that computer science is still regarded as a man's occupation, but by the year 2020, women will fill half of 1.4 million computer specialist jobs in the U.S.
The club's goal is to encourage girls' interest in this growing and well-paying field.