Hello World 2021 has finished!
Hello World 2021 has finished off with an amazing end and next year is going to be even better! Hello World will open back up next summer in 2022. If you would like to be notified about when sign-ups open for Hello World, join our mailing list.

Hello World is a two-week long camp aimed at encouraging underrepresented people, specifically girls and non-binary youth, into STEM related fields such as coding! Through Hello World, middle school girls and non-binary youth can explore web development in a safe an encouraging environment that gives them both the freedom and instruction to utilize their creativity to make their very own websites.

Hello World runs in the summer months and is completely free for all who sign-up.

Previous coding experience is welcome but by no means necessary. No matter your starting ability, we will find the right challenge for you!

  • Student group
    Hello World is aimed at middle school girls and non-binary youth (rising 6th to 9th graders)
  • Summer Camp
    Signup is currently closed. Come back in January 2022 for more news on Hello World signups
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript
    Participants learn the fundamentals of web development through a 1 to 2 week long camp showing students to create their own websites and explore the capabilities of code.

HTML/CSS Weeks:
This session introduces the core of HTML and CSS. Students will develop a deep understanding of HTML and CSS and create their own customized webpage.

JavaScript Weeks:
A dive into JavaScript where all participants will make their own simple hangman game. To be able to sign up for this session, the student must have previous knowledge of HTML and CSS, either through our HTML and CSS session or other means.

Student Projects

Check out some of our really cool student projects from this year of Hello World!

If you would like to check out some other student projects from previous years of Hello World, check out our Student Projects 2020.

If you would like to learn web development during the school year, Bit by Bit offers another web development program called Form and Function which is open to all genders! If you would like to learn more about Form and Function and sign-up, check out the Form and Function page on our website.

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 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

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