SS 22 MSU x Pathlight Coding Club

Teach a girl to code and she will change the world.

Photo of homes in the Belizean countryside by Cameron Wilkins and of Mayan ruin in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve by Robin Canfield on Unsplash. Remaining photos from prior Spartan Coding Clubs.

About MSU x Pathlight Coding Clubs

What

The MSU Spartan Helmet logo and the Pathlight logo on a green background. A partnership between the College of Engineering at Michigan State University and Pathlight International, MSU x Pathlight Coding Clubs offer computing instruction designed to be inclusive of all — but especially of girls and economically disadvantaged youth living in Belize. MSU student-mentors guide Belizean secondary school-participants through a fun, engaging and empowering learning experience. Together, mentors and participants explore how computing enables advances in virtually all disciplines. They meet diverse role models, who are discovering technologies that transform lives. Participants practice computational skills using Python Turtle Graphics. In the last half of the session, they complete a collaborative project for the MSU x Pathlight Coding Show Case. They develop lasting friendships.

Spring 2022 Session:

  • January 15 through February 26.
  • Saturdays 10a — 11:30a and Tuesdays 4p — 5:30p (Belize Time).
  • An optional Bonus Hour is offered weekly. Time TBD.
  • To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must attend at least 10 of the 12 scheduled meetings and complete a final project.
  • A team of MSU mentors will visit select locations in Belize in the first week of March.

The Spring 2022 MSU x Pathlight Coding Club will consist of 3 cohorts of about 20 participants each. All cohorts will meet virtually in accordance with current MSU policy for Youth Programs. Participants will receive the Zoom login information by email in the week before the first meeting. The information will be sent to the email address(es) provided at registration. Participants should white-list belizecc@egr.msu.edu to prevent notices from going to spam.

Remote meetings require use of a device with at least the capability of a Chromebook connected to the internet. Although not required, we recommend the device is equipped with a webcam and microphone to permit full engagement with mentors and other participants.

Course software will run best in Chrome, but is compatible with other web browsers. The most recent version of Zoom should be used.

Why

Photo of 4 girl coders feeling empowered at a SGWC Show Case

The future of a globalized economy is female
In Belize, free education stops at age 12. Many families cannot afford school fees for all of their children. Secondary and tertiary education for sons is often prioritized over secondary education for daughters. As a result, few girls have opportunity to learn important 21st century skills, like computing and information technology (CIT). The CIT gender gap leaves girls ill prepared for the jobs of the future, which increasingly require strong computational skills.

MSU x Pathlight Coding Clubs empower girls in communities that often undervalue girls' education to develop skills and creativity in using technology and inspire them to stay in school and eventually pursue careers in CIT. The project builds participants' self-esteem, confidence, and skills. It connects them to successful role models and mentors. It broadens their horizons as they learn that careers in computing are important, flexible, rewarding, abundant, and satisfying.

Who

Drawing of the Belizean flag. White round seal on blue background with red top and bottom stripes. The seal contains two men holding tools, a shield, a tree, and greenery. Girls and boys in 1st through 4th forms (9th and 12th grades) living in Belize.

The SS22 club is full. Fill the MSU x Pathlight Coding Clubs Interest Form to receive notice of future offerings of Spartan Coding Clubs.