In the upcoming months, there are some really awesome, interesting, and fun opportunities for girls and boys — across a range of ages — to learn about computer science and coding. They get to build things, play with things, and meet other curious kids.

Here are a handful of events and organizations who are making all-things technology more accessible and fun.


When: Saturday, April 19 (times vary)
Cost: Free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Who: Young women from age 13 to 23
Where: The University of Minnesota
Attendees will explore robots and programming as they control a “Scribbler” robot using Python computer language. No experience necessary. This cool event was created by the U of MN women’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. And as a special treat: there’s a one-hour lunch with female university students in technical fields for fun, great conversation, and role modeling.
A session for middle-school girls runs from 10 am to noon. A session for high-school girls and older runs from 1 pm to 3 pm. The (optional) lunch is from noon to 1 pm.

Katie CoderDojo

When: Sunday, May 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm
Cost: Free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Who: Young women from age 8 to 16
Where: St. Catherine University
At KatieCoderDojo  girls between the ages of 8 and 12 can learn how to make their own games using a fun computer language called Scratch, and girls between the ages of 11 and 16 explore how to create mobile apps. Both experiences are guided by friendly, knowledgeable mentors, and provide a free way for girls to have fun and learn programming.
Register Katie CoderDojo (After April 16th)

CoderDojo Twin Cities

When: Ongoing
Cost: Free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Who: Girls and boys, age 8 to 17
Where: The University of Minnesota
CoderDojo Twin Cities provides free and open learning to youth, with an emphasis on computer programming. They welcomes all interested kids (ages 8 to 17) and work proactively to eliminate gender and socioeconomic barriers to computer science by providing a no-cost way for young people to experience programming early—and have fun doing it! CoderDojo is also seeking mentors, so if you’re an adult interested in helping kids learn to code, get in touch!

Full-Family Fun at Appapalooza

When: Sunday, April 27th
Cost: Free
Who: Everyone!
Where: Falcon Heights, MN
Bring the whole family to celebrate young women in technology! Appapalooza is the festive finale of the Technovation Challenge in Minnesota  Ten teams of high school and middle school girls have spent the last 3 months imagining, designing, and building mobile apps to solve community problems and to compete in an international app building challenge. See teams “pitch” their app and get inspired by the accomplishments of  women in technology.  Good cause, good eats, and prizes for the participants!  (Event open to women and men, girls and boys)
Even better — volunteer! They need volunteers (adults or girls ages 13 and older) to help on the day of the event.

Anything Else?

What did I miss? If you are aware of other events for kids and families, please let us know and add them in the comments!