Girls Coding Club chosen as example of best in state by Indiana Dept. of Education

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Noblesville Schools Media Specialist Jessica Homan connects students in the Girls Coding Club with female computer coding professionals via Skype. (Submitted photo)

Noblesville Schools Media Specialist Jessica Homan connects students in the Girls Coding Club with female computer coding professionals via Skype. (Submitted photo)

Noble Crossing Elementary has garnered the attention of the Indiana Dept. of Education for its Girls Coding Club.

Noblesville Schools announced June 8 the Indiana Dept. of Education has selected the Girls Coding Club at the school for recognition as part of a program aimed at highlighting high-quality education practices throughout the state.

The Girls Coding Club is part of a larger computer coding initiative at Noble Crossing and was developed by Media Specialist Jessica Homan in an effort to better engage girls in computer coding.

“My research found that, in general, girls are less experienced with computer coding than boys, leading fewer women to choose careers in computer science,” Homan said. “Girls spend time together learning coding and having fun, and we’ve also invited female computer coding professionals to share their passion for the field with club members. Parents have given us feedback that their daughters are building confidence with technology and exploring career fields they hadn’t previously considered.”

In addition to the Girls Coding Club, Homan and Noble Crossing Technology Instructor Shannon Kastenschmidt also offer a Boys Coding Club, Night of Code for students and parents, and participation in the annual national initiative, Hour of Code. Coding activities also are available throughout the year at the school’s media center Maker Space, an area encouraging do-it-yourself creating, inventing and learning.

For more on the IDOE initiative, visit doe.in.gov/outreach/promising-practices.


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