Frequently asked questions about GWC Marquette

When and how do I register?

Online registration for the 2018-19 year is available through the registration links listed on the Marquette University Girls Who Code homepage. 

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on Marquette University's campus; specific location changes year to year, depending on class sizes. 

How often are classes held?

Classes are held every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., except for when Marquette University is not in session. Classes run from September through April.

Can my student miss classes?

Because of the nature of learning computer programming, we encourage students to attend at least 80% of classes. If students must miss, they can contact their instructor to receive that week’s work.

Do you accept boys?

Yes. We accept and teach any student in 5th - 12th grade who shares our goal of reaching gender parity in the computing fields, which includes our male allies.

Do you have laptops?  

We have 25 Chromebooks we can lend to students. If your student has access to a laptop or Chromebook, please send it with them. We have reliable wireless Internet in all classrooms.

Can I use my school Chromebook or tablet?

Yes. As all the work is done in a web browser, a Chromebook or tablet is all that is needed to participate.

How much does this cost?  

The Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University sponsors the club. GWC is free and includes instruction, space, and materials. Because the club meets over dinner time, families are asked to contribute an annual donation of $110 to help offset the cost of dinners for participants ($5 per student, per week).

If you are unable to afford the suggested donation, please contact the Enrollment Management and Outreach Office at (414) 288-6720 for instructions on how to register without a donation. Likewise, if you are a family who is willing and able to contribute more to help sustain the program for others, we appreciate additional donations above and beyond the suggested donation for each registration.

What skills should students have to enter the program? Does my child need experience?

The only expectation we have of our Level 1 students is a good attitude and willingness to learn. No technical or math skills are required to register for Level 1. Students progress to Level 2 and Level 3 after successfully completing the prior levels. 

Who are the instructors?

The instructors are current college students studying engineering or computer science. The instructors pass a technical skills assessment and background check, both provided by the national Girls Who Code organization. The instructors are aided by 3 - 4 volunteers, who are both college students and professionals from the Milwaukee area.

What do the students learn?  

Level 1 students learn the fundamentals of computer science using the Python programming language in an environment called Codesters.

Level 2 students learn web development, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Level 3 is project-based learning, focusing on real-world problems in our community.

Do you provide food for the students?

We provide a light dinner. We suggest that students bring a water bottle or something to drink.

Do you provide transportation?  

We do not transport students to or from Marquette University.

What types of guest speakers does the program host?

We invite college professors at Marquette, industry professionals and other campus leaders to speak at GWC. With our guest speakers, we expose students to the practical applications of programming, and introduce them to inspiring role models.