Young women at Metro Early College Middle School are gaining coding skills this spring thanks to a grant from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Each Thursday after school, Ohio State graduate student Alice Grishchenko guides the girls through sketching in Processing, a coding language used to create visual art. Girls in the club look forward to their meetings, always eager to see what they can modify in their codes to improve their designs.
Ms. Claire Hampel, Metro teacher and club advisor, has been working to empower middle school girls for six years through afterschool programming. “After the first meeting, I was astounded by the girls’ ability to pick up this new language and their excitement about its possibilities. I thought: now this is true empowerment – developing skills in new fields they never knew existed.”
Club member Lea Dukat has been part of the club since it began and was able to attend a recent OSU event to learn more about what Alice and other graduate students do in the field of computer coding in the arts.
Many thanks to The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio for providing funding for this outstanding opportunity for Metro middle schoolers.
Written by Cathryn Geppert, Development Officer of Metro Early College High School