February AAUW program goes bananas!

  • West Aurora High School freshman Mary Horn, center, works with a "banana" mouse during a "Computer Coding for Young Girls" program offered with the American Association of Women Batavia/St. Charles/Geneva chapter Feb. 4. Also pictured are coding instructor Robin Schroeder, left, and Mary Ann Maki.

    West Aurora High School freshman Mary Horn, center, works with a "banana" mouse during a "Computer Coding for Young Girls" program offered with the American Association of Women Batavia/St. Charles/Geneva chapter Feb. 4. Also pictured are coding instructor Robin Schroeder, left, and Mary Ann Maki. Courtesy of AAUW

 
Submitted by AAUW Batavia-St. Charles-Geneva
Updated 3/13/2017 8:48 PM

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.

There is no charge to join or participate in the club, which meets at 25N River Lane in Geneva. Girls bring their own laptops and learn fundamentals of design, creating websites, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

For more information, visit foxvalleygirlscodingclub.com. Follow the club on Facebook.