Hello World

Important Note: Registration is closed, but we'll be running the program again next year! Feel free to sign up for the Bit By Bit mailing list to be notified when registration opens for 2021, or email us at info@bitbybitcoding.org

What: Hello World is a one-week summer camp for motivated girls to learn to code their own websites. In this camp, we will introduce students to the heart of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Campers should walk away with the techniques, resources, and passion to continue tinkering with code.

  • HTML/CSS Session:

    This session moves slower and will provide a more gentle introduction. Girls will develop a deep understanding of HTML and CSS and create their own customized webpage. Girls will also have the option to try JavaScript or to learn how to add animation to their websites. August 3rd-7th. Click here to see a sample project for this session and the code behind it!

  • JavaScript Session:

    A fast-and-furious dive into JavaScript and all participants will make their own simple game. This session will move at a faster pace and is better suited for those more familiar with technology. Prior programming experience is not required but is encouraged. August 10th-14th. Click here to see a sample project for this session and the code behind it!

Who: Girls in grades 5-8 (rising 6-9). Coding experience not necessary, but always welcome. It is strongly recommended that younger girls, those who may want to take things more slowly, and those who are completely unfamiliar with technology sign up for the first session. Those who are older, crave a challenge, and are more comfortable with technology (though they may not necessarily have programming experience) are encouraged to sign up for the second session.

FAQs

What about trans/gender-nonconforming youths?

They are all welcome! Hello World aims to support all genders that are underrepresented in the programming community.

Do you need any previous experience with coding to participate in Hello World?

No! This program is designed for people with no previous exposure to web development at all. You do not need to be a computer whiz or a geeky person (though if you are, that’s great). All you need is a willingness to learn and try new things.

I have a 4th grader who really wants to sign up.

Email info@bitbybitcoding.org.

Do you teach (WordPress/Wix/Weebly/any other platform)?

Nope! We teach pure HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! We don’t even use any libraries or frameworks. We feel it is essential to understand these core components of the web before using any tools built on top of them.

What if you already know how to program?

No worries; we’ll give you plenty of challenging tasks, no matter your skill level.

Why is it limited to only girls?

We believe learning to code is a great experience for anyone, but we only have the resources to teach a limited number of students. Many camps exist already where boys can learn to program, and, while girls are technically allowed at these camps (and it’s always great when they attend them!) many find it very intimidating and isolating to be one of the only females in the room. According to the 2019 StackOverflow developer survey, 92.1% of professional developers are male. For the 7.5% that are female, they must face a workplace where all their mentors, peers, and bosses are men. I can speak from experience as the only woman in many classes I’ve taken; it’s hard. Girls are actually as good (some studies even suggest better) programmers than guys, and at young ages they share the same level of interest. But, in middle school, they start to lose interest in programming and turn to more traditionally female roles. We aim to change that by showing girls how fun, useful, and powerful programming can be! So, sorry boys, but it’s time to give the girls a turn.

Do you provide computers?

Computer access is required in order to participate. However, because camp is now online, we are unable to provide laptops to students. If you have a Chromebook or other personal computer, please make sure parental restrictions aren’t too tight on the laptop. Sometimes excessive restrictions can disable tools that are commonly used for programming. To test if restrictions are too tight, open a browser and press command (or control) + shift + i. If nothing happens, the restrictions are likely too tight.

What if I have more questions?

No problem! Please email info@bitbybitcoding.org.

Testimonials

This camp was very fun! It has multiple great workshops and fun activities to go along with it as well!

Sophia

This camp was amazing! I strongly recommend it if you are looking for something new and fun. It is challenging in a good way.

Anonymous

I really liked this camp! I really liked that there were enough volunteers so that instruction was more individualized and I felt that I always got my questions answered. Also I really liked that this camp let us choose what we wanted to work on.

Izzy

This camp is very good for beginner coders, you don't need any prior experience to understand this camp. The instructors were very nice, and if you need one-on-one help you will get it. Overall, this camp is very fun and educational! Five Stars.

Anna

SUPER fun camp. All of the volunteers are welcoming and are nice. They encourage questions and listen and ask for imput from the campers including any recommendations from the kids on how the could improve their system. Overall amazing. I will be coming back for more camps.

Mia