Shreve Memorial Library looking for girls interested in coding

"Girls Who Code" to change the future of the web

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An organization called Girls Who Code is looking for girls who want to do more than just surf the web, but instead want to create it.

The West Shreveport Memorial Library is looking for 12 girls in grades 6-12 who are interested in learning how to code. They will meet on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting on Monday, September 10.

"I always wondered what was behind the computer, so it gave me a chance to actually see that," said Colby Boyd, a member of Girls Who Code.

Boyd says joining the group opened her eyes to what lies behind the world wide web.

"I make codes that create things that I like, like a game, or a website, or a story, and I'm making it from scratch," Boyd said.

Samantha Barbour is an instructor for the chapter over at the West Shreveport Branch Library. For Samantha, the impact it makes on the girls is something that keeps her coming back.

"They are excited about what they were coding, and talking about how they could do it if they wanted to get into fashion, or if they wanted to get into robotics," she said. "It's really rewarding to see their eyes light up."

Boyd hopes other girls will consider getting into a field that she says is dominated by boys.

"They make it seem like it's not a girl thing, and it is," she said. "It's super exciting, and you can do so much with coding."

If you are interested in registering your child with Girls Who Code, click HERE.

The Northwest Louisiana Community Development Corporation also has a chapter looking for 40 girls. They meet every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and offer free lunch.

Anyone interested in signing up can call 318-631-4428.

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