Curriculum

What We Offer

Our in-person and virtual program focuses on holistic STEM education, reaching across many different fields such as engineering, coding, biology, and chemistry. Girls Code the World facilitates an appreciation for the wide application of STEM and fosters a growth mindset.

Our Teaching Theory

According to research, girls perform better when they are surrounded by those like them in their classes and when they have role models that they seem themselves in. Girls Code the World applies this method and by having diverse female teachers, speakers, and participants.

Scope and Sequence Method

We use a Scope and Sequence planning method to create lesson plans. This method allows us to visualize the progression of thought and understanding of our participants. All of our Lesson Plans begin with a Warm-Up that engages the minds of the girls, and all Lesson Plans end with a conclusion that encourages the girls to make real world connections and create tangible understandings.

Our Specialized Curriculum

We also create specialized and research-based curriculum for schools by collaborating with their STEM teachers on lesson plans that prepare girls to be confident in their classes. We have worked with one school three years in a row now, constantly improving the program every year to match their specific needs.

Certifications

 Our Scope and Sequence Method has been reviewed by Information Sciences and Technology professors, certified instructional designers, and academic teaching excellence institutes. It has been made in collaboration with middle school STEM teachers to match their school’s resources.

Virtual Programming

Girls Code the World runs virtual programming by sending girls a MakerBox: a box that contains all of the necessary materials for activities. Programming is a mixture of live Zoom sessions and independent tutorials. Pictured on the left is one of our participants displaying her Introduction to Engineering Lesson final product on Zoom.

Coding Platforms

We work specifically with drag and drop block-based programs such as Scratch and Code.org. The girls also become familiar with Java through Hello World! and Biology with Processing.

Reviews of Curriculum and Survey

Curriculum

Dr. Amy Garbrick

  • Director of the Office of Learning Design, College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University
  • B.S. in Education from Penn State University
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Systems (INSYS) from Penn State University
  • Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) from Penn State University

Kristen L. Aballa

  • Middle School Teacher, Christina Seix Academy
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University
  • Master’s Degree in Literacy from Wilmington University

Dr. Larkin Hood

  • Instructional Development Consultant at the Schreyer Insitute for Teaching Excellence | Associate Research Professor
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington

Dr. Deena Levy

  • Technology Pedagogy Specialist and Instructional Consultant at the Schreyer Insitute for Teaching Excellence | Associate Research Professor
  • B.A. in English from Rutgers University
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian from Rutgers University
  • M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State University
Surveys and Evaluative Research

Dr. Sarah Zappe

  • Research Professor and Educational Psychologist at Penn State University
  • Director of Assessment and Instructional Support in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education

Dr. Lee Erickson

  • Chief Amplifier at Happy Valley LaunchBox
  • B.A. in Education from Virginia Tech University
  • M.A. in Educational Communications and Technology from New York University
  • Ph.D. in Crowdsourcing and Innovation from Penn State University

Want to learn more about the specifics of our curriculum and what our daily programming looks like? Check out our News page to read the newsletter posted during programming.