Girls Who Code Maker Space Club Participates in Inaugural Governor’s Club Challenge
In March 2018, seven members of the high school Maker Space club participated in the inaugural Governor’s Club Challenge at the Maryland State House. They shared with Gov. Larry Hogan and Secretary of Labor Kelly Schulz a prototype for an app called IGNITE that would provide young people with information about political and social issues and opportunities for activism.
Girls Who Code Member Testifies in Favor of CS Education Bill Before Maryland General Assembly
In February 2018, Girls Who Code club member Katie Spiegel, a student at River Hill High School, in Clarksville, testified before a Maryland State Senate committee in favor of a bill that would increase funding for and access to computer science education in Maryland schools. In May 2018, Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 281 providing $7 million for computer science education in Maryland, with a focus on CS education for girls.
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Maryland State Policy Changes Makes CS Count Toward Graduation
In May 2015, the Maryland State Department of Education changed its policy to allow computer science courses to satisfy the state’s required high school tech credit. Prior to this, few courses qualified for the technology credit “bucket”, which narrowed the choices for students as an option from already tight state graduation requirements.
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