Online classes

We are offering free online classes on coding and technology for girls in grades 5-8. Watch this page as we are adding events. Please note, all times are in Eastern Time. Our no-show and repeat class policies apply to our online events.

To participate in any of the classes, simply use the 'Register here' button below. Also check the FAQ below about our online classes. Sessions with the hour glass icon (โŒ›) are full, but you can register to be added to the waiting list.

April 24 - JavaScript Mini Camp ๐ŸŽช

10am to 3pm - Eastern Time

JavaScript is what makes the web move. JavaScript is used to make apps, interactive websites, responsive animations, web games... pretty much whatever you can think up. In this course, you will learn the basic concepts of JavaScript and build your very own web application. Our Mini camps have a lunch break noon - 1pm.

May

May 1 - Crowd Sourcing

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Crowd sourcing is a growing phenomenon allowing people from all over the world to participate and work together towards a common goal. Wikipedia, Lego Ideas, marking up satellite images or transcribing historic diaries are just a few examples. In this workshop the girls will learn about crowd sourcing through examples and hands-on activities.

May 8 - The Power of Spreadsheets and Charts

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Data are all around us but spread sheets can do more than just show a big table of numbers. You can organize your data, perform calculations and show your data in a chart. Learn how to become a data wizard and make the most of those numbers. In this class you will learn all about how to unlock the secrets of those numbers and tell their story using charts.

May 15 - Computer Simulations

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Complex systems are all around us from a flock of birds creating beautiful patterns, to the spread of diseases to understanding and protecting eco-systems. Computer simulations are a great tool scientists use to understand complex systems. In this class, you will learn about computer simulations and create your own simulations of an epidemic and what factors make it spread faster or stop which we like more. We will be using the online tool StarLogo Nova (www.slnova.org) to create the simulations.

May 22 - Computer Art Mini Camp ๐ŸŽช๐Ÿ†•

10am to 3pm - Eastern Time

In this mini camp the girls will explore the intersection of art and computer science. They full be looking at parametric functions to make art, explore fractals and how they are generated and we will be diving into style transfer, a technique using machine learning to redraw an image in the style of another. The focus on the camp is to provide some basic understanding but also on being creative and having fun :) Our Mini camps have a lunch break noon - 1pm.


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Frequently asked questions

What equipment do I need?

All you need to participate is a computer or tablet and connection to the Internet. You will also need speakers or headphones and a microphone. While having a camera makes interactions with the other girls and instructors more lively, it is not strictly required.

What to do if it says 'not authorized' when following the link?

This seems to happen if the Google account logged in when joining the meeting link is restricted (e.g. a school account or company policy). The easiest way is to use an incognito window or inPrivate window in your browser and follow the meeting link.

What software are you using?

Check out our new instructions video.

We use Google Meet (formerly Google Hangouts) for our meetings. You can join from a web browser using the link we email out before the class. Some of the activities work best using Google Chrome as browser. You can also participate from a tablet or phone using the Google Hangout App, however some of the online activities might not work on these devices. Of course you can use a phone or tablet to sign into the class and a computer to do the online activities.

Below is a schematic of what you will see. It is important that you mute yourself when not talking to avoid audio feedback (or in other words loud noises). Don;t forget to un-mute yourself when speaking ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I cannot hear anyone, what do I do?

Make sure your volume is turned up. If you still cannot hear, you might need to select the correct speakers in Google Meet under Settings as shown on the schematic below.

Nobody can hear me, what do I do?

First make sure you are not muted. If people still cannot hear you, you might need to select the correct microphone input in Google Meet under Settings as shown on the schematic above.

How do I ask questions or get help?

Use the chat feature (see screenshot above) and ask your question. One of the volunteers will respond. In case of trouble shooting, they may ask you so speak with them and/or share your screen. Beware that if you share your full screen, everyone in the session can see it.

The audio is really bad, what do I do?

Try turning captions on to see a written transcript of the conversation (look for the button next to present now). While the text is not always accurate and sometimes even funny, it helps following along. If Internet bandwidth is the issue, disabling your video might help.

More questions?

Email them to us at contact@orcsgirls.org and we will respond and add them here.