Girls Who Code FAQs

What is GWC:

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in STEM fields. Learn more about GWC on their website. Girls work in Scratch, JavaScript, AppInventer, Python, HTML/CSS and more to build projects like graphics, video games, and websites. The Club hosts guest speakers, goes on field trips and also helps girls develop skills in collaboration and public speaking.


GWC is for Grades 6-12. GWC is strict about the age requirements for the Club.


All girls who are registered for the club are expected to attend 80% of the meetings.

When does Newton's GWC meet?

The Newton Free Library hosts two clubs that meet for two hours every week from October 2016 until May 2017.

Who leads the Club?

GWC is led by volunteer instructors who work in the computer science field.

Do I have to live in Newton to be a part of the Club?

No, you do not have to be a Newton resident to join.


The 2016-2017 Club registration is now closed.

How do I register for next year?

Registration for the 2016-2017 is now closed. Please check back for more information about the Fall 2017 registration.

What days of the week will GWC meet in Newton for the Fall 2016-2017?

We offer two sessions. Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm and Fridays from 4:00-6:00pm.

Are there other clubs in the area?

YES! To find a Club near you: Girls Who Code

Why GWC matters:

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science. While 57% of bachelor's degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women. Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

How did Newton's GWC Club begin?

The Club began several years ago when a Newton high school student approached the Library about hosting a Club after she attended the GWC Summer Immersion program, a 7-week computer science course for rising juniors and seniors.

Do you want to be a volunteer instructor?

Are you passionate about computer science, friendly, welcoming and love working with teens? Can you commit to 2 hours a week from the Fall-Spring for a total of 40 curriculum hours? Great! Please visit the Girls Who Code teach page to learn more.

Get Started Coding today!

Check out these coding environments:

  • Codesters - A self-paced environment for learning Python and creating personal projects. Requires an account and password
  • Khan Academy - Used for live programming/editing, sharing code, and video resources.
  • ProcessingJS - API used to enhance assignments.
  • JSFiddle - Used for building websites and sharing code.
  • Fluid UI - Live editor used for building storyboarding/wireframing and building websites.
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