Who: Girls ages 8 through 13.

Lessons will be scaffolded to introduce coding concepts to true beginners as well as challenge more experienced coders. Returning Girls Code Club participants are encouraged to join again.

What: A monthly facilitated meetup to learn computer science concepts and coding.

When: September 2023 – May 2024 (registration for the 2023-24 season is now closed)


What is the Curriculum? 

Why? Computer science is rarely covered in elementary and middle school, but early exposure is important. We want to encourage an interest in girls at a young age while creating a warm and supportive community.

Technology is all around us. Computer science jobs are projected to grow dramatically by 2026, yet women earn only 18% of the Computer Science bachelor’s degrees in the United States. Click here to read more about the current state of women in computer science.

Our Impact: Now in year eight, the Girls Code Club at the Lancaster Science Factory has introduced over 300

girls to computer science!

Cost: $99 per participant. This includes 9 facilitated lessons plus a Girls Code Club t-shirt! Scholarships are available for families with financial needs. Click here to download the scholarship application. 

**NEW** Attendance Incentives!

Here are the attendance incentives for the 2023 – 24 season:


Emmali Wertz

Prior to her role as Technical Program Manager (and engineer) for Drizly, LLC (an Uber company), Emmali studied and graduated from Millersville University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Engineering from Arizona State University. Emmali has always had a passion for mentoring future coders; from peer positions in college to being a teacher’s assistant with Convert to Code. In her free time, Emmali enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, Harry Potter, snuggling her many pets, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. She is SO excited to be returning as the Head Coach for Girls Code Club this year!


Lindsay Klatzkin

Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville University in Computer Science and has been programming web-based applications professionally since 2004. Currently a Senior Applications Developer with RKL eSolutions, Lindsay utilizes her free time to find the perfect slice of pizza, travel, watch movies with her husband and two cats, and occasionally dress up as a cow! She is excited to share her passion for programming with the next generation and hopes to inspire more young women to pursue STEM careers.


Sarah Karpel

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. During her degree, she focused on using technology and coding to create art projects like large-scale installations. Sarah has worked for companies like Apple and Amazon and is currently leading communication, public relations, and social media for a local public school district. In her free time, she hangs out with her puppy Frito and loves playing trivia. Sarah is passionate about design, and technology, and is excited to work with the future girls in tech at the Girls Code Club!



Amanda Mooney

Amanda graduated from Millersville University with a major in English, where her studies focused on technological literacy in and out of the classroom. She began her career in digital marketing and web design before joining Cargas Systems as a User Experience Designer. In her free time, you can find Amanda on her yoga mat, tending her balcony garden, or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book. She has a passion for accessible design and technology that feels like magic. She is so excited to see what this year’s cohort of coders will do!



Footer Logo for Lancaster Science Factory