Letter to Alumni

Hi TJ Alumni!

My name is Maddie Zug and I am a junior at TJ. I’m pleased to announce the creation of the Coding Lady Colonials, a club with a mission to learn new things, volunteer in our community, and provide a network of support and opportunity for TJ girls who are interested in computer science. You can read about what we are up to at tjclc.wordpress.com.

We want students to see the diverse ways that CS can fit into their lives after high school, and picture themselves using CS in the future.

This is where you come in. We would love your help to inspire students to further their interest in computer science by either:

1) Sending us a short video (2-5 minutes) talking about how you use computer science in your work. You do not have to be a software developer to submit a video. If you have used computer science in any form, in any field, we want to hear from you! Our goal is for students to see what amazing, interesting, and diverse opportunities involving computer science are available to them, and to fight some negative stereotypes about computer science related jobs. We also hope to educate students about the wide range of jobs/fields that can benefit from knowledge of computer science. We want students to have tangible examples of awesome role models like you, so they have a vision of what to work towards. If you can help us out by making a video, upload it to YouTube (feel free to use the option where only those with links can see the video) and then send us the link. In your video, be sure to mention your name, graduation year, place of work, and job title. Everything else is up to you! We are especially looking to hear how what you do is creative and/or collaborative to dispel two of the biggest myths about programming and CS related jobs. And don’t worry about making the video production quality level. Firing up a smartphone and talking about your job is fine with us!

2) Volunteering to be a guest speaker to the members of our club and invited guests. If you are in the area, we’d love for you to join us in person. If you are out-of-town, getting together over Google Hangout or Skype is easy for us to accommodate.

3) If you are a lady coder and would like to be listed on the Alumnae page of our website, send us your name, graduation year, where you work, and job title. We’ll post your picture and email address only if you choose.

It goes without saying that you are welcome to choose any combination of the three options above!

Thank you so much in advance for your help! I can’t wait to hear from you. If you have any questions, please email me at codingladycolonials@gmail.com or our faculty sponsor, Ria Galanos, at rgalanos@fcps.edu.

Maddie Zug
Class of 2015

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