Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women, but today that number is just 18%. 20% of AP Computer Science test-takers are female, and 0.4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in Computer Science.

Reshma Saujani founded the Girls Who Code organization to change those statistics with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

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Girls Who Code promotes clubs during the school year, summer immersion programs, and inspiration all the time (

The Girls Who Code Club offer computer science education and tech industry exposure to 6th-12th grade girls throughout the academic year. Young women who join the club will learn everything from mobile development, to cryptography to video game design.  Find a local club

In Rhode Island, the Providence Community Library’s Rochambeau branch hosts a Girls Who Code Club, and it’s free and open to the public. Gryte Satas from Brown University’s Computer Science Department leads the club.  Meetings at 708 Hope St. on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.  Club membership requires registration, visit the library, email or call 401-272-3780 for information.

Girls Who Code created a Summer Immersion Program, a 7-week computer science course inside technology companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science – from robotics to how to build a webpage – while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. Apply Now ( ) for the 2016 Summer Immersion Program! Limited to current high school sophomores or juniors. Applications are due March 1 at 11:59pm PST.

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In 2016, Girls Who Code is teaming up with a record number of major companies and philanthropic foundations for its annual Summer Immersion Program and providing $1 million in scholarships for girls to attend. In all, the companies will host 78 free programs serving 1560 girls. Available in 11 cities including Boston, New York, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Newark, and across the San Francisco Bay Area, with programs being held in Austin and Atlanta for the first time. The scholarship money will go towards helping girls make up for lost wages due to program participation and transportation costs. Scholarship recipients are determined based on financial need.


For even more ideas about girls coding, check out’s “8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding”

Family Halloween Yoga Class Fun at Hope Artiste Village. Costumes welcome!

Family Halloween Yoga Class Fun at Hope Artiste Village. Costumes welcome!


Join Erin Vinacco this Halloween for a free family yoga class on Halloween Day (October 31) at the Motion Center Yoga Collective, Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket. Halloween Costumes are welcome!

Regular weekly classes will be be held throughout the winter during Farmer’s Market starting Nov 1st, Saturdays 10-10:45am, $5 per participant. Free for little ones under 2!


Come move, breathe, play and relax together! Family yoga is active and engaging opportunity for families to connect in a whole new way.  Practicing yoga postures with a new, fun and playful approach helps us all to decrease our stress and increase our joy and connection.  Each class includes breathing practices, group and partner activities as well as tools to calm and focus our minds and bodies both on the mat and at home.  Class concludes with time for quiet guided relaxation and rest even for the most wiggly bodies and active minds.  All abilities welcome.  All children must be accompanied by an adult participant.  Focus is on school-aged children (5-12) but younger and older siblings are welcome to join too.  Aunties, cousins and grandparents are all welcome – bring the whole family!

Erin Vinacco is a native Rhode Islander with over 7 years of experience working with and children,parents and families. She finds joy in sharing both the peaceful and playful aspects of yoga and mindfulness with students of all ages and abilities and currently works with the non-profit ResilientKids to bring mindfulness into the schools.  Her compassionate presence welcomes all students to the mat and allows everyone to explore and develop their unique practice at their own pace and comfort level.  She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than a decade.   Erin has completed a 40-hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center in Boston and over 40 hours in training in teaching yoga to children, teens and adults with special needs through Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy and My OmAbilities.

Find out more about Motion Center Yoga Collective here.
Downcity Design Studio: Designed for Homeschool Students

Downcity Design Studio: Designed for Homeschool Students

Looking for a great learning opportunity for homeschool teens? We love DownCity Design and their cool creative problem solving building projects.

b638af_ee3177e6cdd7549dfee1aa32d87320e0.png_srz_p_321_233_75_22_0.50_1.20_0In Design Studio, this 10-week project-based program for homeschool students, learners will tackle a satisfying design/build service project for a public space or community-serving non-profit organization. While reinforcing essential design and engineering skills, they will be cultivating learning behaviors such as collaboration, communication, and creative problem-solving that are applicable to all disciplines.

DownCity Design is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the state of Rhode Island by getting young people involved in building our future. They help students become change-makers by inviting them to design and build things to make their schools and neighborhoods better places to live, work, and learn. In past programs, DownCity Design students have built benches for their schools, greenhouses for community and school gardens, play structures and outdoor classrooms for public parks, and more.

In this programs, experienced Design Educators lead students through the process of identifying and deeply understanding problems, brainstorming and prototyping possible solutions, sharing and refining their ideas, and building solutions. They believe in building habits of mind—imagination, experimentation, reflection, and persistence–that will serve participants well throughout their lives, in any chosen career. They create learning opportunities that are STEAM-rich, student-driven, project-based, and make a tangible impact. Their programs help students learn to analyze and synthesize information, to collaborate and communicate effectively, and to feel empowered to imagine new possibilities for themselves and the world around them. You can hear more about the mission of DownCity Design in this Ted Talk by Co-Founder and Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon.

Program Details:
Who: 18 students ages 13-17
When: 10 weeks (September 28 – December 9, 2015), Wednesdays from 9:30 am -1:30 pm
Where: DownCity Design, located at 425 West Fountain Street in Providence
Cost: Semester fees $500 ($50 per 4-hour class, which  includes all materials + supplies and access to our woodworking studio)
Enroll: To register, please visit the DownCity Design website. Payment must be received by September 15, 2015 for enrollment in the program.

Please contact Program Director Melita Morales at 401.272.8070 or melita @ with any questions.

Splash into Summer: Summer Reading Program 2015

Splash into Summer: Summer Reading Program 2015

Kids of all ages are invited to their local public library this summer to discover new books and presentations by summer reading program educators and artists.


Every Hero Has A Story (Children’s Program)
SEE magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, artists, dancers, musicians, and poets; WIN prizes, including free admission to exciting places; TALK about your favorite books; and, MEET other kids.

Unmask! (Teen Program)
Teens … Discover great books for your summer nights (and days). Check in at your local library to find out about great workshops … watercolor painting, cartooning, improv, crafting, animation, poetry, and magic.

Escape the Ordinary (Adult Program)
The adult summer reading program is designed to encourage adults to read during the summer months while creating positive publicity for the library.  Over the summer, adults can explore new genres or interests which gives the library the opportunity to highlight books of interest.  The adult summer reading program also offers an excellent model of lifelong learning and reading to the children participating in their own summer reading programs.

Summer Reader and Teen Reader Wallet Cards
Summer readers, children and teens, may earn wallet cards for free admission to the listed Rhode Island attractions by participating in the summer reading program at their local public library. Requirements for earning the card may vary. Inquire in the children’s or teen services departments. Read Wallet Rules.

View the master schedule
View the programs for children
View the programs for young adults.
View the participating libraries offering adult programs.

About the Summer Reading Program
Information about the annual Summer Reading Program.

Still not inspired? Read Kate DiCamillo’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Participate in Your Local Library’s Summer Reading Program.

2015 Summer Writing Course for Teens

2015 Summer Writing Course for Teens


Calling writers, ages 13-17! Frequency Writers is launching its first teen workshop, open to writers of all levels and genres.

Spend a month creating, experimenting, and playing on paper. Write seriously—and have your writing be taken seriously. This workshop will be taught by two of RI’s most dynamic and committed writers, Franny Choi and Kate Schapira. Thanks to the generosity of these instructors, this workshop is pay-what-you-can. Frequency Writers’ suggest $100, but they are committed to letting every interested teen writer take it, therefor they are offering a limited number of full scholarships.

Part 1: A New Spelling of My Name
Who gave us our names? How does society define us? How do we begin to name and define ourselves? Part 1 of this course leads participants through a series of prompts, games, and exercises centered around identity, selfhood, and power. We’ll rant and rave, question and critique, experiment and play.

Part 2: Invisible Cities
What if you were in charge of everything in the world? In this portion of the class, you’ll design a society, community or culture and write a story about it or a plan for building it. We’ll also read about and discuss deliberately constructed societies, both fictional ones and ones that people have really tried to make and live in–some science fiction, some proposals, some real-life documents. What do societies or communities need in order to function? To function well? What can we learn about our own world by inventing others, and by looking at worlds that other people have invented and tried to build? The class will include some full-group and small-group discussions and activities to think about the reading, develop your design for “your” society, and help you write your story or plan.

INSTRUCTORS: Franny Choi and Kate Schapira
DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 28th-August 20th.
TIME: 10:00am-12pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: Sliding scale $50 – $100, or pay what you can. Scholarships available too.
Click here to register.

About Frequency
Frequency is a growing community of writers based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through workshops, free events, talks, readings, and open mics, we aim to engage writers of all levels of experience, ages, and backgrounds. Our courses are designed both to challenge and support students, while also encouraging collaboration with other local creative communities. Frequency is a moving creation of the people in it.

Learn more about Frequency Writing Courses and Events here.

Children’s Healthy Cooking Classes

Children’s Healthy Cooking Classes

Don’t know about you but I have all the best intentions to have my kids help out more in the kitchen.  When dinner time actually comes around, we often run out of time and energy and the scene is rather like that of Swedish Chef from The Muppets!  I really do want my kids to know where their food comes from, understand basic nutrition and perhaps cook a meal themselves before leaving home.  We also fall into a rather predictable 8 meal rotation so any new, easy ideas are always welcomed.

safe_image.phpNo worries!  Help is here! Check out these hands-on, fun and nutritious cooking programs for children aged 4 and above.

Claire Moscrop of Claire Moscrop Nutrition brings her expertise as a Mom of three and Nutritionist to her children’s classes by introducing healthy choices, table manners (yahoo!) and encouraging our budding young chef’s to explore new tastes and textures.

Salmon Cakes and Moroccan Carrots - Yum!

Salmon Cakes and Moroccan Carrots – Yum!

Cooking classes run in 2 sessions with 6 classes in each session.  The next session is themed ‘Healthy Holidays’  and runs from October 28th until December 2nd.

Registration is now open.