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Girls Who Code Weeks 3 and 4: Robots, the Internet and College

The summer is flying by, and we have reached the mid-point of our Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program. Our students are smart, engaged, learning a ton, and seem to be having a lot of fun!

Last week was about robotics. The girls wired and programmed Arduino robots to perform a variety of tasks based on sensor input. They particularly enjoyed programming the robots to flash LED lights in time to the beat of their favorite songs and join them in a dance party. They programmed in Arduino C. They also had field trips to Amazon Robotics and Fathom Information Design.


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This week, the students are learning about the Internet, security, and building web apps using the Django Python Web framework.  They are getting a lot of hands-on experience in debugging!  In our "How the Internet Works" interactive workshop, the students learned about clients, servers, DNS, routers, encryption, firewalls and replication. Each girl played the role of a different node in the network, routing squishy ball "request packets" and stuffed animal "videos" amongst themselves while warding off man-in-the-middle and DDoS attacks.  After this, they toured our NOCC and had Q&A with some of the people who operate our global platform.  They asked lots of great questions.


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In addition to meeting weekly with an Akamai mentor, our students got to know some of Akamai's college interns during the past two weeks. We organized a panel discussion and mixer with summer interns, and each girl also got to meet with a female college intern during their mentoring session this week.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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