The Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh is launching a free computer science program for teens, especially young women, this week.
Hi Tech Teens is offered in partnership with Women in Computer Science, a group at N.C. State, to encourage teens to succeed in technology, raise academic self-esteem and confidence, and inspire expectations of high achievement and success, according to a press release.
A girls only session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, starting this week through March 19. A co-ed session meets at 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, from this Saturday to March 21.
"Hi-Tech Teens seeks to remove the preconceived notions of computer science, a male-dominated field, by encouraging young women to explore programming in a gender-friendly environment," the release says. "We aim to remove any barriers caused by economic status, requiring no registration fee or membership fee to participate in Hi-Tech Teens. Each week, for six weeks, students will complete hands-on programming projects, work in a collaborative learning environment, and have opportunities to talk with professionals currently working in technology fields."
The learning lab's website has more information about the program and registration information. It offers programs for Wake County high schoolers.