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 December 8-14, 2014   

Earlier this week we highlighted programs providing computer science education for girls in our Colorado, MAGiC, and Oregon Collaboratives. As this year's Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) comes to a close, we are highlighting programs in Kentucky and Texas.


CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community about the need for and value of CS education. We encourage you to connect with programs in your community through your local Collaborative and the National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory as we continue to raise awareness about the impact of computing, celebrate the richness of computing careers, and work to address the critical need for computer science (CS) education. 

Kentucky Program Spotlight 

Bluegrass Women in Technology (BWiT)

Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Women in Technology is the student chapter of the national ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery-Women) at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The student chapter works towards recruitment and retention of women in computing fields and is open to men and women who are interested in helping improve the representation of women in computing. For more information about BWiT visit the website and like them on Facebook.



Lexington, KY

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LexLadiesCode is a women's coding club based in Lexington, Kentucky working to strengthen the community of women programmers in Lexington and surrounding areas by creating a welcoming environment for women interested in technology. Are you a lady  interested in learning to code or in teaching others to code? Connect on Facebook, Tweet @lexladiescode, or request to join their LexLadiesCode Google Group.

Visit the Kentucky Girls Collaborative Project web pages to learn more about this Collaborative. 

Texas Program Spotlight 

GENAustin - GirlConnect

Austin, TX

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GENAustin is a Girls Empowerment Network committed to supporting

and guiding girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. One of their programs, GirlConnect, addresses the challenges girls face by incorporating technology and 21st century skills into engaging and interactive curriculum that inspires girls to come up with new ideas, learn new skills, and develop a positive sense of self. GirlConnect's newest project, GirlConnect Codes! is a 12 week program which will provide high school girls with an introduction to coding and a "made for girls" website created by girls!  



Austin, TX

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The mission of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), at the University of Texas at Austin, is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. TACC offers STEM programming for students of all ages, building the pipeline for the next generation of innovators. CODE@TACC (Jr. SCI) is a two-week, summer program that exposes rising high school juniors and seniors to a variety of STEM careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing. TACC's K-12 Education Programs Coordinator and FabFem, Mariel Robles, is passionate about increasing the understanding and appreciation of STEM careers as well as promoting gender equity and minority participation in science and engineering. Applications for CODE@TACC open Winter 2015. Stay connected to TACC through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Visit the Texas Girls Collaborative Project web pages to learn more about this Collaborative. 

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