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Enrollment now open for Newton GWC 2017-2018

posted Sep 18, 2017, 2:02 PM by David Miller

Hello Newton GWC Community,

You can find all the details at our enrollment guide: http://www.newtongwc.org/administrative/enrollment-guide , and you can find the full calendar of meeting dates at http://www.newtongwc.org/calendar

We will be holding an information session at the library on Monday, September 18 from 7PM - 9PM.

Please read the Enrollment Guide and feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have.

We hope to see you at the club soon,
   David, Casey, Paige, Brenna, Raktim and Liz

Tuesday's CS Impact Project v0.1 now live

posted Feb 18, 2017, 8:43 AM by David Miller

Each club section is building a CS Impact project that showcases what we can do and how we can have an influence on our community. The Tuesday night section has been building a website where Newton adults can post offers of odd jobs and Newton teens can find odd jobs around the neighborhood to do.

I'm happy to say that our earliest version of this website is now live at newtongwc-impact.appspot.com. The site is just a mock right now -- that is, it shows screens that claim to do the desired job, but it doesn't actually do that job. We'll use the remaining 11 club sessions to build in real functionality to turn these mocks into a fully operational site. Along the way, the newtongwc-impact web site will get more and more features each week.

Please follow along with our progress!

Field Trip #3: Google, Cambridge, February 24

posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:04 PM by David Miller   [ updated Feb 18, 2017, 8:45 AM ]

The Newton Girls Who Code club is going on a field trip! RSVP now at https://goo.gl/forms/stZdNj7MQOrSeAtC2


Our third field trip of the year will be to Google, Inc in Cambridge on Friday, February 24th, 2017 from 1:00P-3:00P. Google’s Cambridge office spans 5 buildings and employs over 1200 engineers, analysts, marketers, and salespeople.


During our visit, we’ll attend a technical talk, participate in a Q&A panel with additional Googlers, and take a tour of the facilities. Here's the schedule:


1:00P - 1:45P Tours of Google Campus

1:45P - 2:30P Panel of Google Engineers 2:30P - 3:00P Tech Talk: Fernanda Viégas


All Newton GWC students are invited to attend, both the Tuesday and Friday sections. Be sure to wear your Girls Who Code T-shirt.


The visit will take place at the Google Campus, 355 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. There will be a welcome table on the ground floor Google lobby with pre-printed visitor badges. From there, Google staff will direct students to the main reception area on the 5th floor, and from there to our event room.


Parents are responsible for getting coders to and from the venue. We encourage you to coordinate carpooling using our mailing list: parents2016@newtongwc.org. The office is right by the Kendall T station on the Red Line. There is metered street parking and also three nearby (pricey) parking garages:

Kendall Center "Green" Garage: 90 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Kendall Center "Yellow" Garage: 77 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

One Kendall Square "OKS" Garage: 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142


Our hosts at Google are GWC instructors (and Google engineers) David Miller, Casey McNamara, and Maria Rodriguez. In case something comes up on the day of the field trip, call David at 617 999 3520 or the main Google Cambridge number, 617 575 1300.


Please let me know whether you plan to attend the trip or not by filling out this survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/stZdNj7MQOrSeAtC2


Again, here’s the key information.


Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM

Address: 355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Transportation: Parents are responsible for getting to the venue on their own. We encourage you to carpool.

Dress code: Wear your GWC T-shirt if you can!


Python Tutorials and Daily Programming Exercises

posted Jan 25, 2017, 7:34 PM by David Miller   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 7:34 PM ]

Starting in January, we have been incorporating a short Python tutorial and a short programming exercise into each week's session. Now you can find collections of these tutorials and exercises all in one place: the Bonus Materials section of our Weekly Session Slides page. Come back throughout the year to check out these materials, as they will keep growing.

The tutorials in particular are a good reference to consult when you can't remember how to do some particular thing in Python.

Cheers,
   David

New software tools at club: ACTION REQUIRED (maybe)

posted Dec 12, 2016, 3:36 AM by David Miller   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 3:40 AM ]

Starting this week we are going to be introducing some new software packages to work with at the club. If you are in the habit of bringing your own laptop to club sessions, you will need to install these new packages on your laptop to work effectively. Some of the installations will require the administrator password on your machine, so please try to install them with a parent on hand if you don't know that password. It takes 15-30 minutes to do this set up.

The software is all free, and will be installed on the library computers this week. It is available for both Windows and Mac machines. But if you want to use it on your machine, you need to install them.

The first package is named PyCharm Edu


The installation instructions are linked from that site on the left-hand side.

The second package is Python 2.7


Most Mac machines have this installed already, but Windows machines typically do not. Either way, it doesn't hurt to install it again. Download the release that matches your machine and operating system, not the "source release".

The third package is named Flask.


The installation instructions for Flask require that you use the Python Package Index module, "pip". So first install pip:


And then use it to install Flask by opening a terminal window on your machine and typing:

$ pip install Flask

The final package is named Git.

Git should already be present on Mac machines. For Windows machines, you need to download and install it from 


Appending "/win" to this will start the download directly.

We're happy to help Coders set up their machines at the club, but unless they have Administrator access on their machine they will not be able to do the installations properly.

Otherwise, happy to help. Please send email if you have any questions.

Field Trip #2: Raytheon BBN Technologies, December 15.

posted Dec 1, 2016, 7:19 PM by David Miller   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 7:20 PM ]

The Newton Girls Who Code club is going on a field trip!


Our second field trip of the year will be to Raytheon BBN Technologies in Cambridge on Thursday, December 15th from 4:00P-6:00P. BBN has been in Cambridge for over 65 years and was heavily involved in the creation of the Internet. Fun fact #1: BBN built the first person-to-person networked email ever, and selected the use of the @ sign in an email address. Fun fact number #2: David worked at BBN for 10 years, starting when he was 23 years old!


During our visit, BBN engineers will lead us in a coding activity followed by a panel discussion paths to careers in STEM. During/after the panel they will serve a light dinner. All Newton GWC students are invited to attend, both the Tuesday and Friday sections.


The visit will take place at the BBN Campus, 77 Fawcett St, Cambridge, MA 02138. There will be signs directing Coders to the Cafeteria for the event, and we will distribute a map as well (soon). Parents are responsible for getting coders to and from the venue. We encourage you to coordinate carpooling using our mailing list: parents2016@newtongwc.org. Be sure to wear your Girls Who Code T-shirt.


Our host at BBN is Bobby Simidchieva. In case something comes up on the day of the field trip, her phone number is 617-873-7185.


Please let us know whether you plan to attend the trip or not by filling out this survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/5bzdOINCP1wvXzCx1 .


Again, here’s the key information.


Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Address: 77 Fawcett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Transportation: Parents are responsible for getting to the venue on their own. We encourage you to carpool.

Dress code: Wear your GWC T-shirt if you can!





Newton GWC Field Trip

posted Nov 2, 2016, 5:06 PM by David Miller

We are pleased to announce our first field trip will be to ConvergeHealth on Thursday, November 10th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. ConvergeHealth is a startup based in Newton that focuses on building software for the medical field. This will be a great opportunity to learn about what software engineers work on day-to-day and see an example of how a small software startup functions. Both Tuesday and Friday session Coders are invited. 

Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Address: 275 Washington St Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458
Transportation: Each Coder is responsible for getting to the venue on their own. Parents are encouraged to coordinate carpooling using our mailing list, parents2016@newtongwc.org
Dress code: Wear your GWC T-shirt if you can!

Informational Session Monday 9/19

posted Sep 18, 2016, 8:45 PM by David Miller

Reminder that our 2016-2017 Clubs information session is Monday 9/19 at the Newton Free Library at 7PM. The session is optional. Here is the presentation that will be / was presented by the Newton GWC staff.

Enrollment now open for Newton GWC 2016-2017

posted Sep 2, 2016, 11:55 AM by David Miller

We're happy to announce that enrollment for the Newton GWC 2016-2017 club year is now open. You can find all the details at our enrollment guide: http://www.newtongwc.org/administrative/enrollment-guide , and you can find the full calendar of meeting dates at http://www.newtongwc.org/calendar . We will be holding an information session at the library on Monday, September 19 from 7PM - 9PM.

We hope to see you at the club soon,
   David, Casey, Liz, and Raktim

Girls Who Code T-shirts for Sale!

posted Apr 7, 2016, 5:06 PM by David Miller   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 7:37 PM ]

We hope your girls will remember their Girls Who Code experience for a long time. It's always nice to have a tangible souvenir from an experience like this, so we will be printing up stylish T-shirts that they can wear with pride at school, at camp, or around town.

The cost for the shirt is $8 each, and you can order as many as you like (or none -- it's totally optional). Buy one for yourself or any other GWC boosters in your life too!

The deadline for shirts orders is Friday, April 22. Check out the size charts below and then fill out this form to let me know what style and size(s) we should order for you. You can pay for the shirt in cash (exact change only, please) or with a check made out to "Newton Girls Who Code"

 
 
 
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