Fourteen Girls Learn about Programming at Detroit Bitcamp

Two Girls at BitCamp

Last Saturday, Atomic Object hosted fourteen 7th- and 8th-grade girls from the Detroit school system for a day-long introduction to software engineering. The results were amazing. While only two girls had any prior programming knowledge, all of them created sophisticated web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of many people:

  • Thanks go to Dr Irene Nordé and Rita Barksdale of Detroit Public Schools for supporting the program and getting the word out to all the schools within the district.
  • A special thanks go to the instructional helpers Allison Rossetto, Astrid Waindja Younang, and Kate LaBelle from Oakland University and Dakota DeRidder from University of Detroit Mercy. Their coaching gave the girls immediate help.

Instructor & Students at BitCamp

  • Al Scott and Tony Baker from Atomic not only assisted in the development of the course material, they provided key technical help during the event.
  • Given all the people involved, the logistical support had to be flawless. Solving all of those details were Mallory Bartz and Lisa Tjapkes from Atomic, and Brenda Watson and Angelika Baker from the Detroit Community.
  • Parent support was vital for many of the girls. I add my thanks to Mallory’s.

BitCamp 2012

But no event can be successful without the willingness of the students to learn and try something new. In this case, all fourteen of the girls were shining examples.

Visit Atomic’s Flickr page for more BitCamp photos.

Two Girls at BitCamp