Girls code camp returns for third year
GirlsCode++ is a day-long camp to teach girls how to code

February 1, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – NewBoCo’s girls code camp, GirlsCode++, returns for a
third year to teach middle and high school girls how to code on Saturday, February 10. This year,
NewBoCo is offering two sections: one for beginners in which girls will learn HTML and CSS to
build their own website, and one for advanced coders in which girls with prior HTML and CSS
experience may choose to add JavaScript to their skills.

Up to 50 female students will get introduced to a day in the life of a woman in technology and
build websites based on the DeltaV Code School curriculum.

“As a software developer, I’m used to being the only woman on a dev team or being one of two
female speakers at a developer conference,” NewBoCo UI/UX Developer and DeltaV Code
School instructor Jessica Bertling said. “I’ve gotten used to it, but I don’t want that for our future
females in technology. That’s why I’m excited to introduce the next generation to coding.”
Although computer science is one of the most in-demand industries, only 18% of those who
graduate and enter the field are female.

“My work with NewBoCo is to bring computer science to every student in every school by
teaching teachers how to teach code through our Code.org partnership,” NewBoCo K-12
Education Coordinator Samantha Dahlby said. “I love that I also get to bring computer science
directly to students with GirlsCode++.”

In addition to the code-savvy ladies of NewBoCo, women from Rockwell Collins, Fusionfarm,
Converge Consulting, Xavier High School, and Pear Deck will also teach and mentor the
students.

“We want to invest in our community, and it’s in our mission to build tech talent in Iowa and
help develop our future workforce,” NewBoCo Director of Development Kaitlin Byers said. “It’s
great to see that not only are we dedicated to exposing more females to computer science but so
are other business leaders in the Corridor.”

The cost for GirlsCode++ is $50, half the price of a DeltaV 101 course; this includes a light
breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt. Scholarships have been generously provided by Converge
Consulting, ImOn Communications, Workiva, Kum & Go, Best Buy, US Bank, DiscoverE, and
Jonnie 5 Apparel. Sign up for a scholarship here, email Samantha Dahlby at
samantha@newbo.co, or call 319-382- 5128 for details.

Contact: Jessalyn Holdcraft, NewBoCo Director of Marketing
Email: jessalyn@newbo.co
Phone: 319.382.5128