Past Workshops

Week of April 6, 2020. At-Home Challenge Week #4

This week's at-home challenge: Encryption! We talked about some ways that words, numbers, and sentences are stored in computers after being transformed (encrypted) into secret messages. We wrote our own version of the Caesar Cipher (named after Julius) and left a secret mystery message for everyone to decrypt! Did you get the answer?

Week of March 30, 2020. At-Home Challenge Week #3

This week's at-home challenge: Use your awesome computer science skills and mix in some data science techniques to argue in favor of Equal Pay. We created some data visualizations in Python to support the US National Women's Soccer Team, who are fighting for equal pay in court right now. Go team!

Week of March 23, 2020. At-Home Challenge Week #2

This week's at-home challenge: Code up a web page that teaches the world something! We've been so inspired to see all the sites popping up recently, teaching us how to dance, cook, build stuff, etc., that we encourage you to teach the world something awesome you know!

Week of March 16, 2020. At-Home Challenge Week #1

While everyone is schooling- and working-from-home, we sent out a little remote challenge that everyone can do at home. This first week we re-created our own version of the game Cookie Clicker. Check out the great work everyone did from their own living rooms!

February 22, 2020. Coding in a Visual Context (women).

This workshop was all about coding in a visual context. We learned how drawing and animation work in computer science, and then created some fun animations of our own! We programmed in Java -- so everyone came away from the workshop with a solid short intro to to one of the most popuar programming languages out there.

February 22 workshop
Java programming is the best!

February 8, 2020: Selfies and SnapChat (Girls)

Guest Speaker: Riya Chandra, Girls Who Code Northeastern

Our community: Girls Who Code

This computer science workshop had a selfie theme! We started by learning about image compression and creating our own image pixel-by-pixel out of post-it notes. We also learned how to build image filters of our own, just like Instagram and SnapChat do. Check out some of the awesome filtering we did, below!

February 8 workshop
February 8 workshop
Image compression!

March 30, 2019: Digital Music (Girls)

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Kazakoff, City of Boston

Our Community: Marsha Rhea Williams, the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in computer science.

This hands-on computer science workshop had a music theme! We learned about the role of programming in making music, and built our own dance parties using a totally unofficial, unlicensed Scratch extension for Spotify.

Digital Music Workshop
Digital Music Workshop
Digital Music and Dancing!

March 16, 2019: Data Visualization (Women)

This hands-on computer science workshop was all about working with data. In 2019, there are more web pages, images, Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram stories, and public- and private-sector data than ever before. But data is meaningless until we transform into something accessible and understandable -- that’s where data visualization comes in. In this workshop, we used JavaScript to create animated visualizations of earthquakes in the U.S.

Earthquake Map
Data Viz Workshop
Data Viz with JavaScript!

November 3, 2018: Machine Learning (Women)

Teachers: Prof. Laney Strange, Prof. Nate Derbinsky

Python is a powerful programming language we can use to process and understand large amounts of data. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use code to teach computers how to think… at least a little. This was a fun, interactive learning experience that included an introduction to machine learning, important applications, and some hands-on coding with Python.

October 28, 2018: Halloween-Theme Workshop! (Girls)

Teachers: Prof. Laney Strange

Guest speaker: Amy Lashley

On this Halloween weekend, we had fun writing some spooky code! We used the Alice programming language to learn about object-oriented programming — and to program a cool, 3D animated ghost story!

Girls' Workshop
Girls' Workshop Halloween Programming!

October 20, 2018: Brownie "Computer Expert" Workshop

We hosted a special workshop just for the Arlington Brownie troops. They earned their computer expert badges!
WCoC Workshop
Brownie Computer Experts

March 24, 2018: Analysis Techniques with Python (Women)

Teachers: Prof. Ben Hescott, Prof. Laney Strange

At this workshop, we had a great time applying Python programming tools to analyzing a publicly-available dataset.

November 4, 2017: Tufts Girls of Code...for Women!

Teachers: Prof. Laney Strange, Prof. Ben Hescott

We partnered with our friends at Tufts University to bring you our first women's event -- Women’s Community of Code. At our debut workshop, we learned how to make a web site slick and interactive with the building blocks of the web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Laney and co. at Women's Community of Code, November 2017