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Girls coding camp gets encouragement from Hochul

The Girls Coding Project — designed to encourage more girls to study computer coding — wraps up on Friday at SUNY Buffalo State, where the three dozen girls who took part in the two-week program will show off their new tech skills to Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.

Billed as the only all-girls computer coding program, the Girls Coding Project was created to help close the tech gender gap and steer more girls into the predominately male-dominated industry.

The 36 girls from area schools spent the last two weeks learning the computer language used in coding apps, creating digital storyboards, producing animated movies and building web sites.

The program is a collaboration started by AT&T, Buffalo State, the Girls Scouts of Western New York, the GM Tonawanda engine plant and WNY STEM — a nonprofit created to expose more students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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