Elementary, middle school girls participate in PocketLab coding event

2-week summer camp ended Friday

By Pilar Arias - Reporter

Google Fiber, along with several local organizations, joined forces to bring coding to some elementary and middle school girls.

The two-week long summer camp wrapped up Friday with a select group of girls chosen to participate with PocketLab, a physics lab that allows them to expand their coding skills.

"I really like coding because you can make your own things," Nyomi Franklin, 11, said.

The soon-to-be sixth grader already has several career paths in mind.

"Either an actress, archaeologist or engineer," she said. "I want to be an engineer because I want to help people with cars and possibly create the next big thing."

The program Nyomi and others participated in was funded by Google Fiber in collaboration with the Martinez Street Women's Center, Maestro Entrepreneur Center, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Youth Code Jam.

The girls, ages 9 and up, were from the Martinez Street Women's Center Girl Zone. Those who live in city districts 2 and 3 participated for free. All others paid tuition on a sliding scale based on household income, according to program coordinator Madelein Santibanez.

"It's great to see them learning and having fun," said David Bakker, PocketLab's co-founder.

Bakker traveled all the way from California to help the girls with their experiments. He believes engineering and science jobs will be in high demand in the future.

Statistics on code.org say that computer programming graduates will earn 40 percent higher incomes in their lifetime than other college grads.

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