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Black Girls Code relaunching Saturday with gaming workshop

Willae Ivory, who works with Black Girls CODE, helps Honesty King with her web design in a workshop in 2014.
Willae Ivory, who works with Black Girls CODE, helps Honesty King with her web design in a workshop in 2014. Miami Herald File

The newly relaunched Miami chapter of Black Girls CODE will host its first all-girls workshop on Saturday. The all-day game development workshop will be held at Florida Vocational Institute in Miami.

Black Girls CODE aims to expose girls of color in South Florida to programs that lead to careers in technology and engineering. Girls ages 7 to 17 a who attend the workshop will be introduced to animation and game design concepts utilizing SCRATCH; an interactive programming language that involves storytelling and visual approaches to coding. The workshop is open to girls of all experience levels who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics including mobile app design, robotics, and game development. Saturday’s program will also include a career panel, for parents as well as girls. The national organization launched in 2011 and has held programming in South Florida.

The chapter is supported by AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s philanthropic initiative to help students succeed in school and beyond. Florida Vocational Institute (FVI) and New Horizons Computer Learning Center are the venue sponsors of the workshop, and will provide up to 50 scholarships for girls with financial needs wishing to attend. To apply for a scholarship, students can contact Omar Fernandez of FVI at (305) 665-1911. Plans are to offer the workshops at least quarterly.

Registration details for Saturday’s workshop, which costs $35, can be found here: https://bgc_miami_game.eventbrite.com. More information on Black Girls CODE: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/programsevents.html.

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