On Saturday, 17 girls at the Blount County Public Library helped set the bar for getting girls involved in technology by establishing a world record for the number of girls coding at the same time.

In total, 304 middle school-aged girls in North and South America participated in Code Breakers, a worldwide TechGirlz-sponsored event designed to teach girls website coding.

The goal was to set a world record for the number of girls coding at once. Volunteers were at the library to teach the girls the basics of coding using HTML and CSS. Girls used a text editor and a web browser to edit page templates to create their own websites.

The Blount County Public Library was one of 19 Code Breakers locations in the United States and South America. There were events in 11 different states, including: Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, as well as the nation of Colombia.

There is a rising trend of girls getting into technology-based fields. TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage girls to pursue a new hobby and be inspired to a high-tech career path.

TechGirlz CEO and founder, Tracey Welson-Rossman, started the company as a way to help young girls discover and embrace technology. She says TechGirlz has helped introduce over 20,000 girls to the potential of technology.

The company had the idea for Code Breakers as a new and exciting way to lead middle school girls toward tech. They also wanted to show girls what can be accomplished as a team.

“By working as a team and showing strength in numbers, we hope to further the idea that ‘girls’ and ‘tech’ are synonymous,” Welson-Rossman via email. “Doing this during Women’s History Month seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

TechGirlz’s mission for Code Breakers was successful. They established the world record for the number of girls coding at the same time. The next step is to raise that bar.

“In Code Breakers, we hope to create a world record that can quickly be broken,” said Welson-Rossman.

To find out about the next Code Breakers event or a TechShop workshop in Blount County, visit https://www.techgirlz.org/techshopz/.

Editorial Assistant

Amder joined The Daily Times in 2018 after graduating from Maryville College. An alum of Alcoa High School, she manages the paper's obits and many of the standing features while also writing features.

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