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How to help set a TechGirlz world record in Delaware

The nonprofit will set a world record for number of girls coding at the same time on March 30 across multiple cities, including Wilmington.

Coding with Techgirlz.

This editorial article is a part of Technical.ly's Women in Tech month.

Correction: TechGirlz is submitting its world record to Record Setter, not Guinness World Records, and TechGirlz National Director Amy Cliett and founder Tracey Welson-Rossman conceived of the idea for the events together. (3/11/19, 5:38 p.m.)

Records are meant to be broken, but first, they need to be set.

On Saturday, March 30, from noon to 3 p.m., a world record will be set for number of girls coding at the same time, across multiple cities — and fifth through ninth grade girls in Delaware are invited to be a part of it.

The record — which will be the first of its kind to be submitted to Record Setter — is being organized by the Philadelphia-based TechGirlz (recently acquired by Chicago’s Creating IT Futures). Brandywine Technology is partnering with the nonprofit to bring the free workshop to The Hub at 1201 coworking space in downtown Wilmington.

TechGirlz National Director Amy Cliett and founder Tracey Welson-Rossman got the idea to work a world record into the March event as a way to celebrate Women’s History Month.

“There’s record for kids coding,” she said, “but nothing that focused on girls specifically.”

Since there is no established record for “Most Girls Coding at the Same Time in One Location” and “Most Girls Coding at the Same time in Multiple Locations,” the event will go on the record with the number of girls who participate.

Then comes the fun part: “We and other organizations can then break that record in the future.”

The main location for the event will be Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business in Philadelphia, which will connect with simultaneous workshops in cities nationally. In addition to The Hub in Wilmington, girls will be coding in:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Harrisburg
  • Mt. Laurel, NJ
  • Bel Air, Md.
  • Hanover, Md.
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Atlanta
  • Denver
  • Maryville, Tn.
  • Oak Ridge, Tn.

The project for the event will be coding a website using CSS and HTML. No coding experience is required

Companies: TechGirlz
Series: Women in Tech Month 2019

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