Girls at Charter School for Applied Technologies learn how to code after school

Posted at 5:56 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 07:04:31-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Clicking, and creating video games and websites all on their own.

30 girls between 3rd and 5th grade at Charter School for Applied Technologies on Kenmore Avenue are part of a new after school club called Girls Who Code.

"These blocks make the character move," said Kiara Wells, a third grader learning the language of computers.

She says she loves to player on her phone and video games with her brother.

Teacher Sarah Dormandy teaches the girls to make projects with an app called Scratch.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for an hour and a half, the students work on creating either a website or a video.

Dormandy said the project is based on something the students are passionate about.

Many students are fcusing on raising awareness about climate change, more specifically the wildfires in Australia.

Teaching coding helps the girls learn why and how technology is made. But Dormandy says she has larger goals.

"[I want] to emphasize how girls need to be brave and try something they have never done before and that they will fail but should keep trying," Dormandy said. "The way that coding works is you try and then you try until you get it right again."