HOBOKEN, NJ – May 25, 2016

Under the leadership of Mr. Chris Kunkel, HCS middle school math teacher, and Lauren Williams, a web and software developer for Curalate, a visual commerce platform, the Girls Who Code Club at Hoboken Charter School graduated five eighth grade girls from their 2015-2016 class. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, twenty-four students in grades 6-8 were introduced to computer science every Wednesday for approximately 1.5 hour sessions in order to break the gender gap in technology and realize the true meaning of #CSforAll. The girls in the Girls Who Code club – none of whom had any coding experience before joining – went on field trips to The New York Historical Society Silicon City Exhibit, Maker Faire, and Little Bits workshop, and completed intensive and creative coding projects on their own. They’re putting Girls Who Code on their resumes, and plan to use the experience to pursue opportunities in the 21st-century tech economy.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities by sponsoring 500 afterschool clubs for teenage girls all over the country. By the end of 2016, Girls Who Code will have reached 40,000 girls in every US state. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Mollie Small, K-8 Vice Principal, Hoboken Charter School, 713 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030, Tel: 201-963-0222

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