Women in Technology and Science

Code First: Girls

  • 23 September 2018

In 2016, DIT School of Computer Science hosted its first Code First: Girls free coding courses for any female students across the institute. Since then, more than 100 females have completed one of our coding courses.

Code Frist: Girls is a not for profit enterprise that organises free part-time coding courses for young women/university students across the UK and Ireland.

When they contacted us back in 2016, we liked their volunteer-based, supported model and decided that we could offer their courses relatively easily, at little or not cost, and at the same time, really give females students a great, hands-on introduction to creative and practical coding.

Initially, we offered HTML/CSS website building courses - but we have expanded this to include a more advanced Python course. The demand has been very high to date. At times, we have had an 8 to 1 application rate for places.

The arrangement works very well, making it easy for third level institutions to take part and host courses. The instructors are volunteers from within and external to DIT - and the curriculum is provided by Code First: Girls. They also manage the application process. I would encourage any third level institution to support Code First: Girls by hosting coding courses for their female students.

Article by: Dr Susan McKeever Senior Lecturer in Computing, School of Computing DIT