President Obama wants you to code!

Hi everyone,

Here is our President’s pitch for more coders.

President Obama’s message for One Hour of Code

We also had a site visit from Emily Smith, the Associate Director of the Girls Who Code clubs who flew in and spent time with us last Sunday. Emily loved our club vibe, and sent a glowing report about us to Girls Who Code HQ where the CEO (Reshma Saujani) was thrilled to see how many girls we have actively working in our district wide club!

Hour of code!

From The Khan Academy……

This week, across over 150 countries, millions of people and students will try out computer programming for the first time. Anyone can learn to code!

Start the Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming that’s both fun and free. The Khan Academy has crafted several different Hour of Code lessons that require no prior experience. Try one or try them all and get new badges for each lesson in the process!

Hour of Drawing with Code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages via two great options:

  • Drag-and-drop: experimental block-based coding for those with less-developed typing skills and on tablet devices (ages 8+).
  • Typing: keyboard-based coding (ages 10+).</>

Hour of Webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML an CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).

We’ve created lessons that will show you how fun coding and building things can be. Now you’ll be part of creating technology, not just using it!

Code on!

Founder of Khan Academy and lover of code

PO Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042

Interested in working with OLPC?

June Kleider of OLPC invited us to their next meeting  on Dec 13 to see if there was scope for SMUHSD Girls Who Code club members to work on projects with them.

One Laptop Per Child meeting:  campus of San Francisco State, Market St. on Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 am.

OLPC San Francisco does not own or execute any projects. Instead, they act as a hub, to connect the dots across different projects owned and managed by individuals, teams, non-profits and foundations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  More details on their site at


Year Two Running Smoothly!


We officially launched our second year of the SMUHSD Girls Who Code Club on October 6th! We welcomed a lot of new faces, and have 40 girls signed up to become coding aficionados. We broke up the group between Level 1: girls who have little to no coding knowledge and Level 3: girls who can code, and want to improve their skills.

Level 1 is currently learning about loops and conditionals and applying them in Scratch before they delve head on into JavaScript.

Level 3 was brushing up on HTML/CSS skills and right now, is learning about Web app development. Their current challenge is to make a game similar to “4 Pics 1 Word” using their skills in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and their new knowledge of jQuery Mobile.

In addition to all of the fun coding, Girls Who Code (the organization) just sent us a care package of stickers and pins! We love stickers and pins!