WHAT: One of the goals of the new Phoenix Coding Academy is to help attract women and minorities to the expanding career opportunities in coding and technology. To that end, the school is holding a Girls’ Night Out to introduce incoming 9th grade girls to the new school. The girls will play games, write code, do science activities, eat and have the opportunity to apply for the unique school, which opens next August. The girls will meet the women on the school’s staff, and women in the local tech industry. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call 602 764-5700 or www.PhoenixUnion.org/Coding for more information.
Billed as an Innovation and Technology High School, the Phoenix Coding Academy will focus on computer coding and technological skills in an inquiry-based model valuing student curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, engagement and relevance. Students will prepare for college and future careers, learning software development, including game design, web and app development, networking, information security, automation and other concepts in a project-based environment. Partnerships with the local tech industry will afford opportunities for guest instructors, internships and career pathways, preparing a more diverse future workforce for high-demand jobs within the technology sector.
WHERE: Phoenix Coding Academy
4445 N. Central Avenue (adjacent to Central High School)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 4-7 p.m.
WHO: Girls who will be entering high school next fall are invited. Principal Seth Beute and teachers, women in the tech industry will host the event.
WHY: To introduce girls to coding and the new school, and to make them aware of the career opportunities in the tech industry that employs approximately 30% women.
CONTACT: Craig Pletenik, PUHSD Community Relations, (602) 764-1530
Seth Beute, Principal, (602) 764-5700