Boolean Girl Events

Saturday, January 22nd at 5 PM meet Boolean Girl Ambassador
Monica Puerto a Data Scientist

Monica Puerto is a Data Scientist who has worked with large media companies, such as National Geographic and Discovery Communications, in addition to startups and nonprofits. She holds a Master’s in Data Science from American University. She was a volunteer director for the DC Chapter of Women Who Code. An avid speaker on Data Science in the Washington, DC area, Monica is passionate about making technology more inclusive and diverse.

Saturday, February 19th at 5 PM meet Boolean Girl Ambassador
Stephanie Sanchez A Chemical Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants

Stephanie Sanchez has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina. She earned an Associates’ degree in chemical engineering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Columbia before coming to the United States to complete her degree at Drew University.

She currently works as a Senior Staff Professional at Geosyntec Consultants a company that strives to keep our groundwater safe from chemical contamination. As a graduate research assistant, she worked on a study funded by the National Science Foundation on the discovery and design of catalytic materials that can be used to effectively convert biomass into useful chemicals.

Stephanie is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and she also volunteers as a FemStem day speaker!

Saturday, March 26th at 5 PM meet Boolean Girl Ambassador
Jess Szmajda the General Manager of AWS’s Client VPN and Site-to-Site VPN businesses

Jess Szmajda is the General Manager of AWS’s Client VPN and Site-to-Site VPN businesses. She has over 20 years of experience in tech; from IT support, operations, development, to leadership. Previously, Jess was the CTO at Axios, where she led engineers in the invention and implementation of technology for Axios products. Jess was also the first female CTO of a major media company and was voted Technical.ly DC’s CTO of the year in 2019.

Jess is a leader in the DC tech community and has organized several meetup groups in the DC area. She’s the creator of the DC Tech Slack and Joy of Programming Meetup, and continues to add to the community by mentoring individuals and contributing to open source.

She has a dual degree in Music and Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Saturday, April 23rd at 5 PM meet Boolean Girl Ambassador
Nadia Carlsten, PHD, Head of Product at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing.

Nadia Carlsten is Head of Product at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. Nadia has spent the last decade bringing emerging technologies to market, working with product development teams in startups as well as large organizations innovating in quantum, cybersecurity, and machine learning. Using her expertise in deep tech and Open Innovation, she also advises industry and government organizations on technology investments and intellectual property commercialization. Prior to Amazon, she was Director of Commercialization at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she led innovation initiatives and managed a technology accelerator program that successfully launched several startups and brought new cybersecurity technologies to market.
She holds a Ph.D. in engineering from UC Berkeley and degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Virginia.

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Saturdays Each Month at 3 PM
Hour of Code – Free

Each month we offer three different free Hour of Code events. Each for a different skill level and age. Find the event that is appropriate for your age and skill. All kids welcome.  If you are a Girl Scout, learn how to earn your Coding for Good badge with Boolean Girl by attending an Hour of Code.  Participation limited to 30 kids.

You can join with any computer that has a browser and internet access.

Introduction to Coding – Hour of Code – Free – Ages 7+

Get an introduction to programming in Scratch a drag and drop programming language designed by MIT to teach kids to code.  Follow along with our live instructor and create a program in Scratch.   On your Boolean Box, click the Scratch the Cat icon. On other computers, go to https://scratch.mit.edu/

For Girl Scouts this HOC is for brownies.

Coding Basics – Hour of Code – Free – 8+ with some experience with Scratch

Work with a live Boolean Girl instructor (no videos) to write a more advanced Scratch program using coding concepts like loops and  conditional statements.

Girl Scout Juniors who also attend one of our free Ambassador sessions will earn their Coding Basics Badge. On your Boolean Box, click the Scratch the Cat icon. On other computers, go to https://scratch.mit.edu/

Intro to Python – Hour of Code – Free – 10+

Never coded in Python or just want to sharpen your skills?  In this hour, work with a Boolean Girl instructor to write a Python program.

Girl Scout Cadettes who also attend one of our free Ambassador sessions will earn their Coding Basics Badge.   You must install Python and Thonny on your computer before the event starts. 

Past Ambassador Events

Click to see Ambassadors from 2020 and 2021