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 () are full, but you can register to be added to the waiting list.

August 7 - Cartoons from Scratch

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Do you like cartoons? Come to the Cartoons from Scratch class to learn how to make 2D animations using Scratch. This class is very friendly to those with no coding experience.

August 14 - Photo Editing

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Learn how to create awesome pictures and cool art projects using photo editing software. Curious about what you can do with colors, layers, contrast, saturation, smart selection tools and much more to create that perfect picture. Unleash your creativity, we cannot wait to see what you create.

August 28 - Making Video Games Mini Camp 🎪

10am to 3pm - Eastern Time

Did you know that most video games use a physics engine to control how objects behave, roll, fall and in general behave based on real world or alien planets physics laws? In this workshop the girls will create your own 3D game and explore game physics using CoSpaces. Our Mini camps have a lunch break noon - 1pm.

September

September 4 - Finding Answers using Databases

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Data, Data, Everywhere! Databases contain tons of information. MongoDB, a popular open source database is built around solving problems of modern applications like mobile apps, large volumes of data, and making developers (like the girls attending this workshop) more efficient. Using examples around NoSQL databases students will learn different database language subsets, how information is stored in MongoDB, and how to use DDL commands.

September 11 - 3D Computer Modeling and Animation

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Enjoy animated movies like Finding Nemo and the Incredibles? Have you ever wondered how animated movies are made, or how cartoon characters are created? In this workshop, students will learn the basics of 3D computer graphics, create and model using the web based Clara.io. No previous experience is required.

September 18 - Build Your Own Voice App with Voiceflow

10am to noon - Eastern Time

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are very popular technologies allowing you to interact with technology by just talking. What makes those technologies work? The answer is Artificial Intelligence-powered software, like apps! You don’t need to work for Amazon or Google to build apps for Alexa and Google Assistant. Anyone can write apps! In this workshop, students will learn how to build their own voice apps using the Voiceflow (www.voiceflow.com) free platform.

September 25 - Dancing with AI Mini Camp 🎪🆕

10am to 3pm - Eastern Time

Machine learning and artificial intelligence allow us to design interactive, movement-focused systems using a camera that were impossible just a few years back. In this mini-camp the girls will learn the basics of machine learning and create there own interactive program. They will learn how to use Google's Teachable machine and PoseBlocks, a version of the popular Scratch with machine learning extensions. This camp is inspired by MIT's Dancing with AI Curriculum. 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 😎

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.