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posted Feb 12, 2019, 9:12 AM by Megan Coffey

Hi Folks! 

Please note we will not have our meeting this evening due to inclement weather expected this afternoon/evening. We look forward to seeing you for our next session, Tuesday, February 26th after the February break! 

Have a brilliant break! 



Registration is Now Open until September 30th!

posted Sep 20, 2018, 5:44 PM by Megan Coffey   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 5:52 PM ]

Registration is now open for both clubs, Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm & Fridays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmRegistration will be open until 11:59 pm on September 30th. We will follow up with the results of the lottery on Monday, October 1st. The Tuesday club will start on October 9th and the Friday club will start on October 12th.
We will be taking 20 coders for each club. 10 returning and 10 new coders.
You're more than welcome to state your availability for both or one specific club. 

Please feel free to email staff with any further questions regarding registration! 

Thank you for your time and support! We look forward to our time together! 

2018-2019 Newton GWC Information Session

posted Sep 9, 2018, 10:42 AM by Raktim Sinha   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

Please join us for an information session on Girls Who Code 2018-2019. We will be discussing what GWC is, what our goals are, what fun things we will do this year, how we do things at Newton Public Library and who will be the facilitating the clubs and when, etc.

We can answer any questions you might have.

Session Details:
Date: Thursday, Sept 20th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Newton Public Library, Auditorium

Field Trip #2: Athena Health

posted May 1, 2018, 4:35 PM by David Miller   [ updated May 1, 2018, 4:38 PM ]

We had a great trip to Athena Health in Watertown on April 25. Here's some photos from the trip.


Field Trip #1: Boston College Library, 2018-03-20

posted Mar 13, 2018, 4:49 AM by David Miller   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 4:50 AM ]

The Newton Girls Who Code club is going on a field trip! Please RSVP now at: https://goo.gl/forms/XORBHNh2pptQppCy1


This year, we’ll be going to the Boston College Library on March 20, 2018 from 6:30 – 7:30pm.


We’ll be looking at how to use coding skills in the digital humanities by hearing from several librarians about text encoding, text analysis, and visualizations.


All Newton GWC students are invited to attend, both the Tuesday and Friday sections. Be sure to wear your new GWC t-shirts if you can!


The visit will take place at the O’Neill Library, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. We will meet just outside Maloney Hall, 21 Campanella Way at 6:30 so that parents do not have to pay $25 to park. There is also limited free street parking available on Commonwealth Ave., just outside of the main campus. GWC leaders will lead the attendees up to the Digital Studio, located on the second floor of O’Neill Library. We will return to the same pick-up location between 7:30 and 7:45.


Parents are responsible for getting coders to and from the venue. We encourage you to coordinate carpooling using our mailing lists: parents2017@newtongwc.org. O’Neill Library and Maloney Hall are also about a 5-10 minute walk from the Boston College stop on the B line.


Our hosts at Boston College are Paige Walker (a GWC instructor for the Tuesday section by night and Digital Preservation Librarian by day) as well as Sarah Melton, Head of Digital Scholarship and Anna Kijas, Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian. If something comes up the day of the field drip, call or text Paige at 714-496-7512.


Please let us know whether you plan to attend the trip, if you have any food allergies, and if you consent to having your photo posted on the BC blog by filling out the same RSVP form above.


Again, here’s the main info:


Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time: 6:30-7:30

Address: 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

To drop off/pick up: Maloney Hall, 21 Campanella Way, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Transportation: Parents are responsible for getting to the venue on their own.

Dress Code: Wear your GWC t-shirt if you can!




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.


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.

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