Greensboro, NC - Greensboro’s iCode computer coding school will launch its latest program Code Queens on Tuesday, November 7.
With Code Queens, iCode aims to transform young girls who live in and around the Greater Greensboro area into the women leaders of a digital future – all in the hopes of bridging the gender gap within tech industries.
“It is important that women are represented in technology-based careers,” says Mavis Owusu, franchise owner-operator and director of iCode Greensboro.
She adds: “Men are four times more likely to be IT specialists, and we can close that gap by educating our girls about technology and computer programming so that they know these careers are not just for boys.”
Owusu opened iCode Greensboro in November of 2022, where she has offered fun and engaging courses in computer programming and game design to children of all ages on afternoons and weekends.
Her vision to open an iCode school began with the life-long mission that her late father Nana Kofi Owusu had for her and her siblings when she was a child.
Moving to the United States from his home in Ghana, Mavis Owusu’s father worked tirelessly to ensure that each of his children had access to a quality education.
“On my very first day in America, he told me to always remember the reason why he worked hard for us to get here is education,” Owusu says. “He believed education is the key to success, and this has motivated me ever since.”
Launching with its Foundations Belt program geared for girls ages five to eight, Owusu and her staff of educators will teach students about computing basics, including computational thinking, keyboarding skills, agile methodology and game development utilizing a programming language developed by MIT Scratch.
At the end of year one, Code Queens graduates will also master important skills that extend beyond the field of technology, including critical thinking, project management and planning and design – all of which will be linked to the tangible goal of developing a customized video game.
Code Queens will run 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting November 7 at iCode Greensboro’s campus, located on 3712 Lawndale Drive, Unit C in Greensboro, next to The Fresh Market.
Parents who wish to register their girls for the first Code Queens class or other courses at iCode Greensboro can visit their website at https://icodeschool.com/greensboro/ or call (336) 790-1882.