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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program - Week One

Written by Lisa Adams

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program at Akamai Technologies is off to a great start! During Week 1 we welcomed the class of 20 girls and the teaching team of three instructors from Girls Who Code. The girls began learning how to program in the Scratch language, and already gave impressive demonstrations using their new skills! We also conducted the Meet and Greet event, which was well attended by the girls, the teaching team, the girls' parents and supporters, and the Akamai organizing team and mentor groups. The event featured a talk by Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai's co-founder and CEO, where Dr. Leighton shared his excitement about Akamai's hosting the Girls Who Code for a third consecutive year. Dr. Leighton told the audience: "You are going to make a difference, even if you don't know it yet. You will define the future."

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Then, the teaching team from Girls Who Code gave a helpful overview of the Girls Who Code organization, and some features of this year's program, including the many guest speakers, trainings, and field trips the girls will enjoy this summer. After the presentations, several Akamai employees ran activity tables, where the attendees could learn more about what Akamai does, as well as key foundational internet concepts like mapping, traffic management, and logic-focused activities.

Everyone left the event inspired and excited about the next few weeks' adventures! Look for more updates to this blog as the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program continues.

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