BGC is for ALL girls ages 7-17 and exists to bring awareness to the under-representation of women of color in STEM. Workshops are $35 and there are scholarships available and opportunities to sponsor girls.  Please see information below!
Join us for a fun and captivating educational experience where girls will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. They will combine hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits with live demonstrations from area robotics organizations where the girls will interact with sophisticated robots, and learn real-world/business applications and use for robotics. **Bonus – girls will receive the new Engineering Barbie as a result of one of the newest partnerships between BGC and Mattel!
 
This class is intended for any and all girls ages 7-17.
Check-in begins at 9:00 AM. The event starts promptly at 10:00 AM.
Participants do not need to bring their own laptops. Lunch will be provided.
Workshop Location: Memphis Business Academy, Main Campus
3306 Overton Crossing St., Memphis, TN 38127
 
 
Space is limited, so sign up soon to secure your spot! Limited scholarships are available by applying here: http://bit.ly/BGCScholarships 
Once you register for this event, parents should complete the online student profile forms and emergency contact forms which can be found at this link on our website: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/parents.html
 
Interested in volunteering for this event? Sign up here http://bit.ly/bgcmempvol18 and please complete our general Volunteer Registration Form, here http://www.blackgirlscode.com/volunteer-signup.html.

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STEM Program Offers a Free Trip to Washington DC for Memphis Students
 
Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) is launching an after-school STEM program called R3: Rockets, Robotics, and Arithmetic on September 27, 2017. This is a free after-school program for 6th – 12th grade and is available to public, private, and home-school students. Approximately 200 students will be selected to join.
 
R3 participants will receive weekly STEM instruction in preparation to compete in the following regional and national competitions: VEX Robotics, Lego Mindstorm, First Robotics, SeaPerch Underwater Robotics, TARC Model Rocketry, and NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to travel in the summer to see how STEM works in the real world. The summer trips to places like the Discover Park of America, Nissan and GM factories, US Space and Rocket Center are designed to allow students greater exposure to STEM disciplines.
 
The R3 Project Director of, Cameron Cooley, and R3 Site Coordinator, Marquita Wakefield will be accepting interest applications beginning August 25, 2017. Please go to tinyurl.com/r3atmase to download application or apply in person at Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering main office.
 
R3: Rockets, Robotics, & Arithmetic is a free program to Memphis residents who children are in public, private, and home-school institutions. Food is provided to all participants at no cost to parents. In addition, forty plus students will be given the opportunity to win a free trip to Washington, DC at the end of the school year.
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July 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tecia Marshall | Memphis Community Outreach Lead
Karen Farrell-Shikuku | Memphis Technical Lead
memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org
901-864-8660

Black Girls CODE Hosts Robot Expo at The University of Memphis!

Memphis, Tennessee (July 29, 2015) – The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host their second robot expo on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at The University of Memphis, Dunn Hall, located at 3725 Norriswood Ave, 38152. This fun and captivating workshop will target girls ages 10 – 17, where they will learn about robots, how they communicate, real-world/business applications and uses for robotics. The workshop will be taught by the Memphis chapter curriculum lead, Karen Farrell-Shikuku and instructors from the First Lego League of Memphis. This second Black Girls CODE Memphis robotics workshop is being made possible by a generous grant from FedEx.

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available.  For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Tecia Marshall at 901-864-8660.

Due to limited space and strong demand, parents are encouraged to register children online as soon as possible at the following link: 

Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1MTONrA

Volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St., from 10 am – 12 pm. Individuals wishing to volunteer can sign up at the following link:

Online Registration: http://bit.ly/1gkuOZe

Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Tecia Marshall at memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org.

About Black Girls CODE:
Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual, but connected and engaged chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, California Bay Area, New York City, Memphis, Washington, DC, Raleigh – Durham and Johannesburg that are dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. To date we have reached over 3,000 girls and 2,700 volunteers. Our goal is to reach 1 million girls by 2040. Join the BGC movement at facebook.com/blackgirlscodeorg and on twitter @BlackGirlsCODE.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Black Girls CODE to host Build A Webpage In A Day Workshop

April 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Memphis, Tenn- Black Girls CODE announces Build A Webpage In A Day workshop at New Horizons Computer Learning Center for girls ages 10 – 17.

The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a webpage development workshop on April 18, 2015 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center; 4775 American Way, Memphis, TN 38118. The workshop will focus on learning how to build a webpage.

“We are thrilled to bring our web page development workshop back to Memphis. There is always considerable demand for this workshop, and so we are very happy to show even more girls how fun and easy it is to code,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead.

The workshop will be taught by the Memphis chapter curriculum lead, Karen Farrell-Shikuku, and is sponsored by the generous support of Lokion Interactive. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available.

Due to limited space and strong demand, parents are encouraged to register children online as soon as possible.

“I’m excited to host our first workshop of 2015,” said Non-Technical Lead Nicole Harris. “Ensuring girls have the same STEM opportunities afforded to them as as their peers is a key component to the organization.”

Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Community Outreach Lead, Tecia Marshall at memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org. Volunteer orientation for technical volunteers will be held online at a date soon to be announced. Individuals wishing to volunteer should visit http://bit.ly/BGCMemphisVolunteer to sign up.

About Black Girls CODE:

Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual but connected and engaged chapters dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. Black Girls CODE is committed to changing the face of technology.

The San Francisco based nonprofit introduces girls of color, ages 7-17, to computer programming, mobile app development, robotics and other STEM fields. In 2012 the nonprofit launched in 10 cities nationwide and expanded to South Africa. Voted  as “2012 Most Innovative Nonprofit” by Bank of the West and “Top Social Enterprise Improving the Lives of Women and Girls” by Women Deliver in 2013, the nonprofit continues to expand and empower hundreds of girls worldwide. Learn more about  Black Girls CODE at www.blackgirlscode.com.

For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead, at 901-484-4203.

Online Registration: https://bgcmemphiswebpage.eventbrite.com

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July 15, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Memphis, Tenn.- Black Girls Code announces Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop at New Horizons Computer Learning Center for girls ages 10 – 17.

 

The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26, 2014 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center; 4775 American Way, Memphis, TN 38118. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.

“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”

The workshop will be taught by Errol King, co-founder and creative director of Hidden Level Games, the New York-based startup who created Beta. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.

The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available. In order to access the online platform that will be utilized, attendees must also create a Beta account prior to the workshop by visiting https://betathegame.com/create_accountParents/guardians must purchase the full version for $10.

“Community support for the Memphis chapter of BGC has been amazing. Memphians continually express an interest in ensuring our girls have the same STEM opportunities afforded to them as girls in other cities,” said Non-Technical Lead Nic Harris.

Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Harris at memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org.

Volunteer orientation for technical volunteers will be held online at a later date. Individuals wishing to volunteer should visit http://www.blackgirlscode.com/volunteer-signup.html to sign up.

For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead, at 901.484.4203.

Online Registration: https://betamemphisbgc.eventbrite.com

 

About Black Girls Code: Since its founding in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual but connected and engaged chapters dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. BlackGirlsCODE is committed to changing the face of technology by introducing girls from underrepresented communities to computer science. Since 2011 – its first year of programming – BGC has engaged, educated and empowered over 2,500 girls in 16 cities across the globe. Join BGC at facebook.com/blackgirlscode and on Twitter @BlackGirlsCode.

 

 

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Link to online press release: http://bit.ly/BGCBetaMemphis