Ysabel Bombardiere, BS ’00, Industrial Engineering, became an engineer who worked in the automotive and chemical industries.In college, she got a lot out of her physics and calculus and chemistry classes. But computer science? Nope. It just did not seem accessible.
So Bombardiere taught herself how to code so that she could teach kids to code. And then she went out to find some girls who wanted to learn coding. She visited one class where boys told her: “Girls cannot code.” And she met parents who said that her club would be great: for their sons.
Eventually, she found 15 girls and mentors – men and women in science and technology who want more West Virginia kids to choose careers in these fields.
We heard about her club and set out to get an idea of what girls coding in Appalachia looks like. (Spoiler: It looks really exciting.)
Many thanks to the Kanawha County WVU Extension 4-H Girls Who Code Club, including the mentors and the girls who let us record their meeting in the spring of 2017.
You can learn more about the club in a West Virginia University Magazine story from the Summer 2017 issue that also talks about other women from WVU who are contributing to technology and our understanding of it.
You can find out more about starting your own coding club from the national organization Girls Who Code. And you can learn more about the Kanawha County 4-H Club.
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