25 Organizations Teaching Women Coders & Girls Around The Globe

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Everyone always talks about the lack of women coders in tech—and I can’t argue with the statistics. But it doesn’t have to stay that way! These days, there are more coding-for-women resources than ever to help female coders break into the technology industry.

Let’s explore some of the awesome places where women and girls can learn to code (oftentimes at little or no cost!).

Please note that pricing listed below may change in the future!

The following list includes 25 organizations in the US and overseas that teach coding for women and girls.

It’s broken down into three sections: intensive coding bootcamps for women, coding classes and workshops for women, and coding for women and girls under 18.

Table of Contents

  1. Ada Developers Academy
  2. Hackbright Academy
  3. Skillcrush
  4. The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy
  5. 23 Code Street
  6. Codebar.io
  7. Girl Develop It (GDI)
  8. Ladies Learning Code by Canada Learning Code
  9. MotherCoders
  10. PyLadies
  11. Rails Girls
  12. RailsBridge
  13. Women Who Code
  14. Django Girls
  15. Coffee & Coded
  16. Lesbians Who Tech
  17. ChickTech
  18. Girls in Tech
  19. Hear Me Code
  20. Alexa Café
  21. Digital Youth Divas
  22. Black Girls Code
  23. Tech Scholars Online
  24. Girls Who Code (GWC)
  25. TechGirlz

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Intensive Coding Bootcamps for Women Coders

1) Ada Developers Academy

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➡️ Website: adadevelopersacademy.org

💻 Course: Software development

💰 Price: Free

Duration: 24 weeks of intensive in-class instruction, followed by five months of internship (around 11 months total)

📍 Location: Seattle, WA

Ada is a long-term developer academy for women and gender-diverse adults lasting 11 months. The first six months take place in a full-time Monday through Friday classroom setting, while the latter five months involve on-the-ground training.

It is a sponsor-supported coding bootcamp for women, with many big-name contributors, including Amazon, Zillow, EMC, and others. At Ada, you learn Ruby, Rails, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, Web APIs, CS fundamentals, Git, and Source Control.

While it is a free program, realize that you will still need to cover living expenses and any relocation fees if coming to the Seattle area from elsewhere.

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2) Hackbright Academy

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➡️ Website: hackbrightacademy.com

💻 Courses:

💰 Price: 

  • $14,900 for the in-person Software Engineering Program 
  • $12,900 for the online Software Engineering Program 
  • $249 for the Prep Course
  • $249 for Online Python 101

Duration: 24 weeks (part-time) or 12 weeks (full-time) for Software Engineering Program; 5 weeks for Prep Course and Online Python 101

📍 Location: San Francisco, CA or remote

Hackbright Academy is a female-coders-only developer bootcamp based in San Francisco. They teach Python and have part-time, full-time, in-person, and remote learning offerings. Hackbright also has a part-time evening and weekend prep course that can give you a taste of what life is like for women coders before committing to the Software Engineering Program.

However, the Hackbright women’s coding bootcamp will cost you a pretty penny. Hackbright is one of the most expensive options for female coders on this list.

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3) Skillcrush


➡️ Website: skillcrush.com

💻 Courses:

💰 Price: 

  • Most courses are three monthly payments of $199 or a one-time payment of $549. (So, if you choose to pay in full, you save $48.)
  • The Front End Development + ReactJS is four monthly payments of $199 or a one-time payment of $699. (So, if you choose the latter, you save $97.)
  • The Break Into Tech Course Package costs $1,599 or 12 monthly payments of $149. (If you choose the latter, you save $189.)

Duration: 3-4 months for single courses; 6–12 months to complete the Break Into Tech course package (if you work 1-2 hours a day)

📍 Location: Online

Skillcrush offers entirely online learning for women coders and others.

They offer two types of courses. The first are three-month-long courses focused on specific skills. The other is an all-inclusive 6-12 month program. You can also sign up to take their free 10-day bootcamp.

Skillcrush isn’t limited to female coders. They are about empowering all kinds of people from varying backgrounds—spanning nationality as well as gender. While women make up the majority of their student population, other students include people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people without college degrees, parents, etc. In fact, 21% of Skillcrush students identify as LGBTQ+.

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4) The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy

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➡️ Website: gracehopper.com

💻 Courses: Full-stack JavaScript

💰 Price: $17,910 in total — however, you only pay a $2,000 deposit upfront. The remaining $15,910 is paid in nine monthly installments once you’ve been hired as a full-time software engineer.

Duration: 17 weeks (4 weeks of remote, part-time pre-work + 13 weeks of full-time, in-person learning).

📍 Location: New York City or Chicago, IL

The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy is an immersive software engineering course for women+ students (including transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary people). 

You can apply for the program at any time, but the admissions process is more rigorous than other coding courses and bootcamps. As part of the admissions process, you’ll have to submit an online coding assessment and participate in a virtual interview with a developer to see if you’re a good fit. 

It’s also important to know that the immersive women’s coding bootcamp is not designed for complete beginners. Students should already know the building blocks of coding (loops, conditionals, arrays, objects, functions, etc.).

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Programming Classes and Workshops for Female Coders

5) 23 Code Street

123 code street

➡️ Website: www.23codestreet.com

💻 Courses & Workshops:

💰 Price: £600 for Web Development Foundations; £10 per Masterclass (or £50 for six)

⏰ Duration: 12 weeks for Web Development Foundations (part-time)

📍 Location: Online

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A UK-based coding school for women only, in order to encourage confidence, accessibility, and support in a community of female coders. For every paying student, the organization also teaches an underprivileged woman in India to code. After the course, they offer career counseling and internship opportunities with their partners.

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6) Codebar.io


➡️ Website: codebar.io

💻 Tutorials:

  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby or Python
  • Android/iOS
  • Command Line 
  • Version Control

💰 Price: Free

📍 Location: London, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, remote, and many more.

🗓️ Upcoming events: Join their virtual workshops here.

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Codebar offers free weekly coding workshops for those under-represented in the tech industry—catering primarily towards women coders and those in LGBTQ communities.

Their London and Brighton events typically gather 20-30 women per week to engage in free one-on-one or one-on-two mentoring in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

They also have free learning material online, covering HTML, Version Control, JavaScript and Ruby.  Plus, you can join the Codebar community on Slack to get help from other coders and coaches.

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7) Girl Develop It (GDI)

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➡️ Website: girldevelopit.com

💻 Courses: The GDI core curriculum is as follows:

All chapters teach the core courses at minimum, but at many GDI chapters, you can also find additional courses on widely varying topics like Sass, content strategy, and even SEO.

💰 Price: Varies, depending on the workshop; typically ranges from free to $90

⏰ Duration: Workshop lengths are different from chapter to chapter, but typically last between two and eight hours. Workshops can either be a one-time thing, or involve multiple sessions.

📍 Location: Chapters in five cities: San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, New York, NY

🗓️ Upcoming meetups: You can check out their upcoming events by clicking your preferred city.

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GDI offers affordable web-development classes for women learning to code. (However, men can attend if desired.) Some of their events are even free! GDI has chapters across the US, and they just keep on growing! Seriously, every time I head back to their site I see that new chapters have been added.

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8) Ladies Learning Code by Canada Learning Code

Ladies Learning Code by Canada Learning Code

➡️ Website: canadalearningcode.ca

💻 Courses & Workshops:

  • Digital Drawing
  • HTML & CSS
  • Video Creation
  • WordPress
  • Game Design
  • And more!

💰 Price: Free

⏰ Duration: 3 to 16 hours

📍 Location: Cities across Canada

🗓️ Upcoming workshops: Find out what schedule and location best suits you by checking out the upcoming events on their homepage.

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Ladies Learning Code is a part of Canada Learning Code, an organization that also includes Girls Learning Code, Teens Learning Code, Kids Learning Code, and other groups promoting computer education. As the name implies, Ladies Learning Code is specifically targeted toward women coders.

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9) MotherCoders

mother coders

➡️ Website: http://www.mothercoders.org/

💻 Course: An introductory technology training program, covering an overview of the tech landscape and basic front-end and web design skills (view sample curriculum here)

💰 Price: With on-site childcare: $4,500. Without on-site childcare: $4,000. (Lunch included with each session.)

⏰ Duration: 8 weeks

📍 Locations: San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.

🗓️ Upcoming events: Check out their upcoming events here.

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MotherCoders offers an eight-week tech camp focusing on helping mothers enter tech careers. They provide Saturday and weekday classes with on-site childcare and lunch included. The program focuses most on building a professional network and community support. You’ll also learn basic technical skills and industry knowledge, building a website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. However, their technical content is more of a starting point for female coders rather than a deep dive into a specialty.

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10) PyLadies


➡️ Website: www.pyladies.com

💻 Workshops: Vary based on location

💰 Price: Free or affordable

📍 Locations: Dozens of locations both inside and outside the US. View the full list here.

🗓️ Upcoming events: Check out your chosen location’s meetup page.

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In the most general sense, PyLadies offers support and networking for women who code in the Python community. It welcomes all levels of programming knowledge, from beginners to seasoned experts.

With PyLadies, the individual groups have a lot of autonomy. Each chapter decides their own workshop topics—or whether to even have workshops. Some groups use a more formal approach with classes, while others prefer hosting social events. Contact your local chapter to learn more about what they offer for female coders in your area.

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11) Rails Girls

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➡️ Website: railsgirls.com

💰 Price: Free

📍 Location: Worldwide

🗓️ Upcoming workshops: Check out their upcoming events here.

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As the name reflects, Rails Girls is a Ruby-on-Rails-specific coding workshop for girls. Their gatherings generally last one or two days. Boys can attend, but must accompany a girl. (Also, girls are given first priority when registering.)

The organization has events literally all over the world. In fact, a lot of the Rails Girls workshops don’t even take place in the US.

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12) Railsbridge

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➡️ Website: railsbridge.org

💻 Workshops:

  • Rails
  • Frontend
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • CSS

💰 Price: Free

📍 Location: US and some countries outside

🗓️ Upcoming events: Check out their upcoming events in all chapters here.

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RailsBridge is very similar to Rails Girls: it’s a free Ruby on Rails workshop, lasting one or more days in duration.

I attended a RailsBridge workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts a few years ago. The event was entirely free, including food, beverages, and even childcare. (However, I am not sure if all RailsBridge workshops are like this.) RailsBridge is primarily for women programmers, but guys can attend with a gal, just like Rails Girls. At the event I went to, there were a few guys in the room (but nothing close to the number of girls).

Beyond workshops, RailsBridge has ongoing chapters in some cities. These appear to be primarily study groups.

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13) Women Who Code

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➡️ Website: https://www.womenwhocode.com/

💻 Courses: No actual courses, but they have a great and LONG list of coding resources, including tutorials, articles, videos, and events.

💰 Price: Events are free or low-cost

⏰ Duration: Varies by event

📍 Location: Worldwide (70+ cities)

🗓️ Upcoming meetups: Check out their upcoming events here.

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When you become a member of Women Who Code, you get access to tutorials, articles, videos, and other educational materials for female coders. The nonprofit offers meetup groups and 1,800 events annually around the globe, from hack nights to study groups. Every year, they also give away $1,000,000 in conference tickets and scholarships. Finally, you’ll get to browse employment opportunities on their jobs board.

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14) Django Girls

django girls

➡️ Website: djangogirls.org

💻 Workshops: Python and Django

💰 Price: Free

⏰ Duration: Each workshop lasts one day

📍 Location: Worldwide 

🗓️ Upcoming events: Check out their upcoming events here.

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Django Girls is a nonprofit that inspires women to fall in love with programming through Python and Django workshops, online tutorials, resources and community support.  

According to their website, “During each of our events, 30-60 women build their first web application using HTML, CSS, Python and Django.”

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15) Coffee & Coded

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➡️ Website: coffeeandcoded.com

💻 Workshops: Code, design, and entrepreneurship

💰 Price: Free

⏰ Duration: Each workshops lasts one day

📍 Location: New York City

🗓️ Upcoming events: Check out their upcoming events here.

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Coffee & Coded is a community founded in 2018 that empowers aspiring women coders to explore technology through skills-based workshops, community events, and classes. 

Its mission is “To inspire women to create, code, and challenge assumptions.” 

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16) Lesbians Who Tech

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➡️ Website: lesbianswhotech.org

💻 Conferences: 

💰 Price: Free for virtual summits, $549 – $999 for San Francisco Summit

📍 Location: San Francisco and online

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Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of 70,000+ LGBTQ women, trans and non-binary folks, queer women of color, and allies in tech.

Their coding scholarship makes it possible for LGBTQ women and non-binary techies to start a career in tech. They offer scholarships for some of the biggest coding bootcamps. You can get on the interest list now for 2021.

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17) ChickTech

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➡️ Website: chicktech.org

💻 Programs: 

💰 Price: Most programs are free; Advancing the Careers of Technical Women conference costs $39-$79 to attend.

📍 Location: 16 cities in the U.S. and Canada. See the full list here

🗓️ Upcoming meetups: Check out their upcoming events here.

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ChickTech was founded in 2012 to encourage women of all ages to pursue STEM-based careers through tech programs and events. 

The ChickTech: High School program, for example, teaches high school girls subjects like robotics, soft circuits, how to build smartphone apps, and 3D printing. For adults, the Advancing the Careers of Technical Women conference helps women in tech find community, inspiration, jobs, and more.

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18) Girls In Tech

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➡️ Website: girlsintech.org

💻 Programs: Webinars, courses, bootcamps, and other events

💰 Price: Membership is free

📍 Location: Worldwide. See the full list of locations here

🗓️ Upcoming meetups: Check out your local chapter to see what’s on the calendar. 

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Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech is a nonprofit organization that offers its members access to in-person and virtual events, workshops, bootcamps, and courses.

As a member, you can also connect with mentors, check out the exclusive job board, attend hackathons, build up your professional skills, and much more.

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19) Hear Me Code

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➡️ Website: hearmecode.com

💻 Courses: Beginner-friendly coding classes. Recently stopped offering in-person courses, but the curriculum and materials are freely available

💰 Price: Free

📍 Location: Online

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Hear Me Code taught beginner coding classes to 3,000+ women in D.C. between 2013 and 2019. While it no longer offers in-person classes, you find their curriculum and learning resources online.

Lessons are beginner-friendly and focus on practical skills you can apply in the real world. The curriculum consists of five core lessons, including topics like storing information, APIs, reading data, etc., with code samples and exercises. 

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Coding Camps & Groups For Girls Under 18

20) Alexa Café

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➡️ Website: https://www.idtech.com/alexa-cafe

💻 Programs:

  • Virtual Tech Camps
  • Game design
  • Visual programming
  • Development with Java
  • Minecraft modding
  • Build and code wearable tech
  • And more

💰 Price: 

  • Virtual Tech Camp courses are $499
  • Day camp is $949/week
  • Overnight camp is $579/week (all meals included)

⏰ Duration: One week (usually Sunday evening-Friday afternoon)

📍 Locations: 15+ locations nationwide

👧 Age Range: Ages 10-15

An all-girls summer camp teaching tech, entrepreneurship, and other skills, along with fun camp-style socialization. The program has locations around the U.S., with day camp, overnight camp and virtual camp options. Students can choose what projects they want to focus on, and can optionally add continuing education units and college advising.

Alexa Café courses are endorsed by SWE, the Society of Women Engineers.

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21) Digital Youth Divas

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➡️ Website: digitalyouthnetwork.org/divas

💻 Program: Design-based engineering and computer science. Check out a program overview here.

💰 Price: Free

⏰ Duration: 21 weeks

📍 Location: Chicago, IL

👧 Age Range: Middle school girls, ages 11-13

The Digital Youth Divas (DYD) is a blended online and face-to-face program that uses a project-based learning approach to teach STEM topics to middle-school girls — especially those from underrepresented communities.

It teaches girl programmers technology, computer science and engineering fundamentals through a framework of design projects, narrative stories, an online social network platform, and a community of peers and mentors.

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22) Black Girls CODE

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➡️ Website: blackgirlscode.com

💻 Workshops:

  • Java
  • Mobile App Development
  • Build a Game in a Day

💰 Price: Varies depending on the workshop (some are free!)

📍 Location: Cities across US

👧 Age Range: 7 to 17 years old

🗓️ Upcoming events: You can register on their website here.

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Since launching in 2011, Black Girls CODE has hosted multiple hackathons and learning expos across the country. The events primarily take place in large US cities such as Brooklyn, Chicago, Las Vegas, Memphis and others. Their events always happen on one day and generally last the full day, from 10 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Virtual events typically last one or two hours.

According to the founder, Black Girls CODE provides: “young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.”

Check out these 43 other tech resources for people of color, including communities, platforms, conferences, meetups, and more.

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23) Tech Scholars Online

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➡️ Website: www.nyhistory.org/education/teen-programs/scholars-program

💻 Courses:

  • Web design
  • App building
  • Video game development

💰 Price: Courses are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis (the suggested full price is $150 for those with the ability)

📍 Location: Online

👩 Age Range: High school girls, grades 9–12

🗓️ Upcoming events: View all their upcoming events here.

Tech Scholars Online teaches high-school girls to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment. Courses are taught by experienced women computer programmers and students get the chance to be mentored by influential women in the tech field. Any student who self-identifies as a girl is welcomed.

Courses include hands-on projects, group work, and collaboration. Plus, students will learn about under-told stories of women in STEM throughout history. 

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24) Girls Who Code (GWC)

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➡️ Website: girlswhocode.com

💻 Courses: Computer Science Education in summer immersion programs, after-school clubs, university-level networks for college students, and code at home activities.

💰 Price: Free

⏰ Duration: Two weeks for the virtual summer immersion program and 1-2 hours per week for the after-school club

📍 Location: Several cities across the US, such as Boston, New York, Austin, and Seattle (see the full list of locations here)

👩 Age Range: Sophomores or juniors in high school (summer program), 6th-12th grade girls (clubs) or college-aged students (college loops)

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Girls Who Code is a US-based organization that has been featured across news outlets as a voice promoting girls in technology. GWC has three kinds of code-for-girls programs: their summer immersion program, an after-school program, and 2-week day programs held at high schools and universities.

Their summer coding camp for girls is full-time and lasts for two weeks. It is strictly for rising sophomore, junior, and senior girls, and combines instruction with mentorship.

To learn more about the Girls Who Code experience, check out Bernice’s story. She attended the 2014 GWC summer immersion program in Boston and has since started a GWC after-school club.

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25) TechGirlz

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➡️ Website: techgirlz.org

💻 Courses: Workshops and Summer Camps, and TechPodz (virtual learning program)

  • HTML & CSS
  • Linux
  • SQL databases
  • Python
  • Game Design
  • And more

💰 Price: Free for the workshops and TechPodz, $250 for the camp (partial scholarships are available too)

📍 Location: Predominantly eastern Pennsylvania and online

👧 Age Range: Middle school (5th-8th grade)

🗓️ Upcoming workshops: Check out their upcoming events here.

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TechGirlz is a non-profit organization primarily based in the Philadelphia area. However, they have “TechShopz” that take place around the US.

TechGirlz events are always completely free of charge and cater to middle-school girls specifically, although younger girls do sometimes attend. TechShopz usually occur on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours. Instruction topics differ, but include everything from Scratch and Raspberry Pi to building video games.

TechPodz, a virtual learning program, was launched in October 2020. The program connects small groups of middle school girls and Teaching Assistants (TechGirlz volunteers) who virtually meet up each week for six weeks.

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With so many options out there teaching programming for women, it should be a breeze to find resources in your area to help you learn as an aspiring woman coder. Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, miles from a city, that’s what online coding workshops are for! So what are you waiting for!? Check out one of these groups for female coders TODAY!

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