Charleston Women In Tech’s coding labs return for students to help bridge the ‘digital divide’

10/24/2022 Education/Training

The Post and Courier

October 16, 2022

Ushered into a small room at the St. Julian Devine Community Center in Charleston, 10 excited children, ages 5 to 12, were handed mouse pads and mouse-equipped computers and got set for their first adventure in coding.

After nearly three years sidelined as a result of COVID-19, Women In Tech has brought back CodeON, short for Coding in Our Neighborhood, which brings computer science to kids in the underserved communities in and around the city. The group launched the program in 2016 to provide youngsters with the opportunity and resources to learn fundamental skills.

Most of the children who are participating don’t have at-home access to the tools they need, including computers and internet, and might otherwise not be exposed to all the career opportunities associated with coding, said Nina Magnesson, the event organizer.

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