Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify computer coding

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HOLYOKE — In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15, about 50 local girls are expected to learn how to break the code of computer programming Wednesday.

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The girls will be introduced to computer science through tutorials designed to teach and demystify computing code with the aim of proving anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator and an innovator. They join the 5 million students in 34,000 classrooms worldwide who are taking part in computing events this week.

The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in cooperation with Girls Inc. of Holyoke, are teaming up to offer activities for elementary and middle school girls at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke Wednesday.

Alliance staff expect up to 50 girls who attend afterschool programs at Girls, Inc. will participate in the first-ever global event, “An Hour of Code.”

Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to showing kindergarten through grade 12 students the importance of computer science education. Organized by the Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org, it is held in early December to recognize the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born Dec. 9, 1906.

Girls, Inc. of Holyoke has served local girls for over 30 years, and is committed to academic success with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is a research data center operated by UMass Amherst, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT and Northeastern University.