Hello World

Important Note: Registration is now open!

What: Hello World is a two-week online summer camp for motivated middle school girls and non-binary youth 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 their projects.

  • 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. Click here to see a sample project for this session and the code behind it!

  • 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. Click here to see a sample project for this session and the code behind it!

Who: Girls and non-binary youth in grades 5-8 (rising 6-9). Coding experience not necessary, but always welcome.
To only sign up for our JavaScript sessions, the student must have previous knowledge of HTML and CSS, either through our program or other experience.

Times: Hello World has several weeks you can sign up for!

Important Note: Session 1 of Hello World has reached full capacity. If you wish to be put on the waiting list for this week, fill out the sign up form below.

Full: Session 1:

  • HTML & CSS - July 5th-9th 2021, 2-5pm PT, Monday through Friday.
  • JavaScript - July 12th-16th 2021, 2-5pm PT, Monday through Friday.

Session 2:

  • HTML & CSS - July 19th-23rd 2021, 2-5pm PT, Monday through Friday.
  • JavaScript - July 26th-30th 2021, 2-5pm PT, Monday through Friday.

You can either sign up for just the HTML/CSS week or JavaScript week, or you can sign up for a full session of two weeks!

Cost: Completely free for anyone who wishes to sign up!


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