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Girls Who Code

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Girls Who Code Graduation – McNair Middle School Cool Girls with Girls Who Code Volunteers

The McNair Middle School Girls Club was a little different this year as Girls Who Code piloted their technology program in an effort to encourage girls to explore technology and engineering careers.  After six months of weekly coding instruction, Girls Who Code awarded participants with a certificate of completion for their hard work and diligence in learning how to code.

The girls worked with Scratch, a beginner computer coding program, and had the opportunity to create their own interactive computer game, greeting card, and animation using various commands given by the instructors.  Many girls said that they were happy to have had the chance to be involved with Girls Who Code and plan to continue working with Scratch and continue building their own game.

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US Women’s Rugby

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 Our Cool Girls were excited to be invited to Kennesaw State University to tour the campus and have a once in a lifetime experience with the U.S. Women’s Rugby team. With the help of past and current players, our girls learned all about the sport of rugby and how it’s played. Girls participated in drills, played a game of rugby and watched teams from Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Spain play during the International Women’s 7s Series.  The USA team even held a Q&A session and autographed posters. Cool Thanks goes out to our friends at the U.S. Women’s Rugby Foundation for hosting. Now, that’s Cool Fitness!

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Auto Auctions go Cool

Manheim Field Trip with Cary Reynolds

  The Cary Reynolds Girls Club had a chance to learn about computer programming on a recent visit to Manheim. Although Manheim is known as a leader in the car auction  industry, the girls were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the product development team created a phone app to let those who have purchased a car learn that their car will soon be delivered.

As each Manheim staff member described their job, including business analyst and quality analyst, the girls were better able to understand that in the world of technology, you must work as a team in order bring an idea to life. They were also introduced to Scratch, a program that allowed them to create their very own computer game. They were divided into teams and were each given a role, such as product owner or programmer, and placed commands into the program that allowed their characters to jump, skate, and dance! The girls truly enjoyed learning about Scratch and really enjoyed their Cool Tech experience!

 

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Atlanta – a Tale of Two Cities – Rich Thrive as Poor Continue to Struggle

 

By Tanya Egins, executive director of Cool Girls, Inc.

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In the last year, Site Selection MagazineArea Development Magazine and CNBC named Georgia the #1 state for doing business.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber boasts of 16 Fortune 500 companies in the region. Many other substantial companies, with thousands of well-paid jobs, have headquarters here.

This is good news for improving the conditions faced by the families and girls my organization, Cool Girls, serves.

In its rankings for “America’s Top State for Business 2014,” CNBC offered this caveat: The Peach State is the cream of the crop for 2014, with the nation’s best workforce and the top infrastructure. But education and quality of life remain weak spots.”

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Cool Girls become Cool Women Hot Pink Party

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Brooke Baldwin receiving the Cool Woman of the Year Award

On a Saturday in April, over 400 guests gathered for a common cause…to Inspire Girls to Change their World. Local corporations and individuals conveyed at the Loews Hotel to learn more about holistic programs that offer cultural field trips, mentoring opportunities and college scholarships to girls in Atlanta Public and Dekalb County Schools.

We honored CNN Anchor and Host, Brooke Baldwin as our Cool Woman of the Year. Co-Founders of Black Girls Run, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks were awarded the Pink Empowerment Award. Volunteer of the Year, Ann Savage and Cool Girl of the Year, Haja Sheriff also received distinguished awards.

View photos from this year’s event: http://bit.ly/1bDkxUx

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Girl Tech Genius’

cooltechOur Cool Girls are having a BLAST doing what they do best…using TECHNOLOGY! During our Girls Club, participants explore the wide world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Our middle school girls enjoy a partnership with Girl Genius Productions to promote Digital Citizenship.

Interactive workshops include topics on email etiquette, social networking, text messaging, and cyber safety.  Through the use of videos, smartphones, and small group discussions, Cool Girls gain valuable skills on how to navigate social platforms like Instagram, Kik and Snapchat responsibly.  Though these conversations can be challenging, our girls are learning to be accountable for what they post and who they tweet.

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