Back in the day, circa 1997, I taught myself web design with a rudimentary website on Geocities. I researched how to create tables with HTML and make fonts available to download. My only mentors through the process were found on an AOL message board – how I would have enjoyed having others to meet with to discuss hand-coding challenges.
Today mothers and daughters can band together to take that same journey together, with cake breaks, thanks to the Kansas City Women in Technology program, Coding and Cupcakes. I recently caught up with the program’s director to learn more.
What is the name of your group?
Coding & Cupcakes
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Tara Morton, Director
How would you describe your group?
to give girls and their moms a fun & friendly intro to coding
When was the group founded?
How long have you been a member, and what made you want to join the group?
I joined in fall 2015. I was a mentor for CoderDojo and heard about Coding & Cupcakes there.
How big is the group?
Avg. 30 participants/session
How often do you meet?
Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 2-5pm
Where do you meet?
What do you do at meetings?
Mother-daughter duos code websites using HTML & CSS, take a well-deserved break for cupcakes, then show off their newly-launched sites to the group
What makes the group unique?
While the girls are learning how the code works, they’re also discovering valuable marketing concepts and why each piece is important.
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
Theme sessions, integrating hardware (e.g., LittleBits, Jewelbots)
Where can someone find more information about your group?