A new club starting up in Robertson County in January is aimed at giving girls a leg up in the field of technology.
The club - Girls Who Code - will be brought in by Small Town Startup, a local business consultation and digital marketing agency.
“Small Town Startup’s mission is to help create, launch and grow small businesses throughout Robertson County. We want to plant that entrepreneurial seed early. Bringing in clubs like Girls Who Code will teach our girls valuable technology skills that will help them create and lead future businesses,” Lisa Arnold, founder of Small Town Startup, said.
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization which offers programs to help shrink the gender gap in technology by educating and inspiring girls with computer skills. This group works to give girls the knowledge they need to be successful in technology-based jobs and opportunities.
There will be two clubs offered - one for girls in grades 3-5 and a second club for girls in grades 6-12. The clubs are free to join for all Robertson County students including homeschool programs.
The older group will have a “Pitch Night” to conclude their program where students form teams, develop a business and pitch it to “investors” for the chance to win a cash prize to start their business.
Currently, only 12 spots are available for each club. The application to participate is due by Nov. 15 and can be filled out online at http://www.smalltownstartup.com/girls-who-code.