Girls Who Code: Canandaigua coding club fosters STEM

For young students with an interest in learning computer coding and technology, the Girls Who Code club is the place to be.

Located at Canandaigua Middle School, the club started in the fall of 2016 when Maggie Miller, the lead facilitator of the group, spoke to her daughter.

“She came home from school and said, ’Mom, there’s all these clubs and organizations, but there’s no coding club.”

Given her daughter’s interest in learning coding, Miller, who works in technology at FLCC as coordinator of technology integration, started an organization fulfilling that need, working with retired FLCC professor Sandra Brown.

According to Miller, there weren’t many existing programs within the area.

“There was nothing, even in Ontario County,” Miller said.

Eventually, Miller and Brown settled on Girls Who Code, given the group’s robust reputation as a “major national body,” in addition to the resources available to members. Meetings were facilitated with Canandaigua Middle School teachers Rachel MacIntyre-Kruger and Julie Wortmann.

“There’s such a need for it,” Miller said, adding how “we wish we could have more of it” in the community.

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