'Girls Who Code' get head start in STEM field

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A free, after-school program is teaching young girls that they're just as good as the boys when it comes to computer technology.

The "Girls Who Code" program is being offered once a week at the James Weldon Johnson Library for middle and high school girls.

Students learn about coding for computer programs like Java and HTML, through a fun, and creative approach.

"Such a scary thing - you hear code, you think computers in a room, lots of lines, really hard to understand," said Paige West-Fisher, one of the program instructors.

The 10-week course teaches the fundamentals of coding, in hopes that students won't shy away from pursuing a career in computer sciences.

"Right now there's a gender gap in the technology field, that's one of the main reasons 'Girls who Code' was started," said Mandy Morris, the library's youth services coordinator.

According to Morris, only about 25 percent of the people employed in the computer science field are women.

But program coordinators said this after-school activity is about much more than just learning how to code.

"You can see their confidence as it goes, and that to me, honestly is more important," said West-Fisher.