Coding Club Celebrates Graduation
Pinecrest Branch Library’s Girls Who Code club recently celebrated its accomplishments at a graduation ceremony. The club is a branch of the national nonprofit organization that addresses the gender gap in computer science graduates by teaching girls skills such as coding. Made up of 16 middle school students, the library’s free club met Mondays throughout the 2015-16 school year at the library, took a field trip to software company XAPT and participated in Miami Dade College’s Code Art Miami.
During the ceremony, the students presented four group projects: two mobile apps and two websites they created with coding languages such as HTML, CSS and Swift. Addys Lopez from the Miami-Dade County School Board gave medals to the graduates and presented a proclamation from board member Lawrence Feldman to recognize the club founders and the library.
The club was founded by high school students Anna Mistele, Makenzie Love and Alexa Fernandez, and Amy Austin Renshaw, an engineer and Girls Who Code volunteer. Other teacher volunteers included tech entrepreneur Bill Cruz and high school students Christina Cruz and Victoria Cruz. For more information, email Renshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.