Hello. I have built this website a million times, a million different ways. Still, I find, the story keeps changing. I can't pin down a single narrative. I can't build a straightforward website to tell a straightforward story. The story... eludes me. I'm not certain what it is.
What you are about to see are a series of "rooms." Each represents a different piece of me: a program I have built, an art project I have made, a class I have taught, a web project I have developed.
I know the rooms fit together. I don't yet know how. For now, at least, they are all just rooms... rooms that I love. I am glad for you to go wandering into them.
Girls Who Code
Jan. 2016 - May 2017
Lincoln Girls Who Code is the local branch of a national nonprofit organization aimed at empowering girls to be who they are, do what they want to do, and learn the technical coding skills that will enhance all of that.
I began teaching in January 2016 as an afterschool club leader at Park Middle School. The challenges with the curriculum, location, and time of day (kids, at 4pm, are ready to Stop Sitting Still at desks), lead me to start a related but unofficial coding club in summer 2016 at Park. More challenges there got me to start attending Omaha Girls Who Code meetings, observe their successes, and ultimately bring their strategies to Lincoln.
In summer 2016 we started planning for a bigger, better Lincoln Girls Who Code club, that would take place every weekend for three hours, be well-supported with snacks and volunteers, and ultimately try to make better use of GWC curriculum (now with ample time to do so).
The result was our Lincoln Girls Who Code: Turbine Flats club that started in February 2017. I lead the club, and worked together with strong support from fellow volunteers to make the club a success. Myself and 5 of the 6 amazing girls in the club presented our final project to a packed One Million Cups audience on June 7, 2017.