The Girls Coding Project runs for two weeks in July of each year. 

Girls entering Grades 6-12 in the fall are eligible for this hands-on coding experience provided by WNY STEM Hub, Girl Scouts of WNY and SUNY Buffalo State. The program is held at Buffalo State Technology Building, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Beginners have the choice of either of two weeks. Advanced girls participate both weeks. Each day focuses on coding with additional STEM and leadership programming.

Cost in 2019: $40 per girl / Advanced Session: $75 per girl (both weeks)

To see a recent news article about Girls Coding, click HERE.


For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, Acting Executive Director / 585-690-7311

By the year 2020, it’s estimated that only 3% of the 1.4 million computer science jobs in the United States will be held by women. The Girls Coding Project wants to change that.

The Girls Coding Project is a two-week learning experience for girls entering the 6th through 12th grades, organized by WNY STEM in collaboration with Girl Scouts of WNY and SUNY Buffalo State. Sessions are held in the SUNY Buffalo State Technology Building, home of the college’s Computer Information Systems Department. The goal is to encourage more young women to pursue computer science education and to become part of WNY’s growing technology workforce.


“Participating in The Girls Coding Project last summer made me aware of the potential in my future with computer science. I learned a lot and am excited to continue learning.” 

Roisin Cruse

The Girls Coding Project began in 2016 as It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T to introduce girls to computer coding. It continued into the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017, and was repeated in the summer of 2017 when the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and GM Tonawanda Engine joined the partnership.

In 2018, The Girls Coding Project expanded to offer an Advanced level computer science training for girls who have mastered computer coding basics taught in the initial experiences. This two-tiered approach (Introductory and Advanced sessions) adds a more rigorous, real-world component. It’s also a complement to the STEM initiatives that are priorities for Girl Scouts.

The Introductory Program targets urban scout groups, and high need community centers and schools. The Introductory Program engages first-time attendees learning coding basics and developing apps, games, websites using programs like Alice 2.0.

The Advanced Program girls (recruited from our previous two program years) work on self-guided group or individual coding language learning using and other online resources.

The Girls Coding Project will end with a Demonstration Day for families and community members to view the girls’ work.

All the participating girls will be guided by campus professors, area tech professionals, educators, and other computer advocates. Women mentors will introduce the girls to entrepreneurship, leadership development, and the wide range of career pathways available to a computer scientist and skilled computer coder.



  GM, Lead Sponsor, The Girls Coding Project




The Girls Coding, sponsor The Girls Coding, sponsor The Girls Coding, sponsor