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Girls Who Code Club Receives Gift of Equipment From Law Librarians

December 21, 2015 - 10:27am -- sshea

PCL would like to say a huge thank you to Law Librarians of New England (LLNE), a non-profit organization for professional law librarians throughout New England. After learning about local innovators and businesses at the organization’s Fall Meeting (titled Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation) the LLNE Service Committee chose to raise funds for PCL’s Girls Who Code Club, which meets at our Rochambeau location. LLNE donated 10 Raspberry Pi computers to the club, which currently is the only public Girls Who Code club in Rhode Island.

Raspberry Pi computers are approximately the size of a credit card, plug into a computer monitor, and use a standard keyboard and mouse. The units donated by LLNE cost about $70 each and are capable of running a variety of operating systems, giving users the ability to experiment with coding and create their own programs. PCL’s Information Technology Manager, David Sok, put in extra work to upgrade the existing computers and obtained additional adaptors so that the club members could start using use the Pi’s. The girls are now working on projects using the new equipment.

Girls Who Code is a nationwide organization that is working to close the gender gap in technology careers and education. Rochambeau’s club has members ranging in age from 12 to 15 and Kendra Saunders, from Johnson & Wales University, serves as the club’s volunteer instructor. For more information about the Girls Who Code Club, contact Rashaa Schoolcraft rschoolcraft@provcomlib.org.