Women Tech Council (WTC) today announced the launch of TechArt Hour of Code, the largest girl-coded initiative engaging 10,000 girls across the state to create a living digital display. The program was announced today in the White House Fact Sheet for its impact and opportunity to engage more girls in computer science education, and is part of a national movement around coding during National Computer Science Education Week.

The TechArt program is in partnership with Dell EMC, Comcast, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Utah STEM Action Center, school CTE directors, and the University of Utah Athletics.

The TechArt Hour of Code program teaches students basic coding skills as they create a tile including an image and text. Each individual tile is then combined to create a living digital display showing the collective learning and creations of girls and students across Utah. The first version of the display will launch December 6 across local and national platforms, teaching students through technology that their Individual contributions can unite to create collective impact.

“We built TechArt to teach girls how to code, help them visualize what they created, and allow them to see how their code becomes part of a larger vision,” said Cydni Tetro, President of the Women Tech Council and a computer scientist. “If we can teach students about the possibilities that exist with technology, they will be empowered to change the world.”