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Welcome To Code Club for Girls!

Over the last few months I have been working with the Watertown Wilson County Public Library to launch an after school coding club called “Watertown Impact”. Every Wednesday, 7 young women, 6th through 12th grade, spend their afternoons learning to code.

The students come from different backgrounds, and utilize their different learning styles and problem solving skills to create something entirely new. They are quickly realizing that enthusiasm, hard work, curiosity and risk taking are essential to learning standard web languages as well as structural and presentational aspects of web design. And they’re usually laughing the whole time. They are becoming digital creatives, and it is wonderful to witness their originality and curiosity.

Already, they are putting their burgeoning coding skills to work for Wilson County by creating a website to promote the use and maintenance of the county’s new Little Free Libraries, a project organized by United Way of Wilson County to promote reading, strengthen community and inspire creativity. The site will feature pictures of the new Little Free Libraries, a map of library locations, and information on use, donations and the sponsors of the libraries.

This project requires peer-to-peer in addition to student-to-mentor relationships that extend beyond the local and into the world-wide coding community. Students will have the opportunity to publish their code in online repositories and receive input from others in the industry from around the world. They will visit local agencies, too, for some hands-on experiences of the local programming scene. Connections between industry and students opens possibilities and opportunities for kids and their futures and that’s something we’re very proud to facilitate.

Be sure to read the bios of these fledgling coders, once their new site is live. Their enthusiasm for learning, experimenting and having fun is contagious. They know that anything is possible.

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  • Jennifer Folsom

    Jennifer Folsom, Web Designer/Developer, is an innovative and versatile professional with a unique blend of design expertise and technical skills. She is experienced in conceptualizing, designing, and developing engaging digital experiences with WordPress and WooCommerce. She has a strong focus on user-centered design principles.Specialty areas include:Website Accessibility (ADA/WCAG Compliance and Best Practices), Content Optimization for Search Engines (SEO), Custom Training, Web-Optimized Photography, Newsletter Management, and (new for 2024) Customer Service Chat Bots. Jennifer has been a Girls Who Code facilitator since 2017, has attended WordCamp US annually since 2018, and has been an annual guest speaker for The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville since 2021.

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Jennifer Folsom

Jennifer Folsom, Web Designer/Developer, is an innovative and versatile professional with a unique blend of design expertise and technical skills. She is experienced in conceptualizing, designing, and developing engaging digital experiences with WordPress and WooCommerce. She has a strong focus on user-centered design principles.Specialty areas include:Website Accessibility (ADA/WCAG Compliance and Best Practices), Content Optimization for Search Engines (SEO), Custom Training, Web-Optimized Photography, Newsletter Management, and (new for 2024) Customer Service Chat Bots. Jennifer has been a Girls Who Code facilitator since 2017, has attended WordCamp US annually since 2018, and has been an annual guest speaker for The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville since 2021.