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For Immediate Release

Code Girls United
PO Box 8272
Kalispell. MT 59904

 

Financial Commitment from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to Code Girls United!


The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has made a significant financial commitment to support Montana’s Code Girls United! 

Their investment in our state and our girls includes a multiyear $112,000 grant. Code Girls United’s mission is to expand the future career opportunities of 4th – 8th grade girls through hands on experiences in coding, technology, and business.  The Code Girls United (CGU) program is year-long, and takes place online in the Flathead Valley, an advanced program in the CGU Kalispell office, and programs in Polson, Joliet, Belgrade, and Anaconda.  Each student learns the basics of coding and design work using MITs Appinventor to build their own app. The girls learn practical business skills and create a working Business Plan and Presentation

The program culminates with the NW Regional App Challenge on May 1, 2021. Every participant competes in the NW Regional App Challenge, the International Technovation Challenge and the Congressional App Challenge which CGU teams have won for the past 2 years. 

In the fall of 2021, CGU will expand to 5 new locations including the Browning School District, the Flathead Reservation Boys and Girls Club in Ronan, an expanded online program, and other areas in Montana. Please visit https://codegirlsunited.org if you would like more information or would like to support CGU or sponsor the NW Regional App Challenge on May 1, 2021. 

Marianne Smith, one of the CGU founders said, “We deeply appreciate the financial support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. They are committed to the children of our community by supporting our after-school program, engaging and exciting young minds about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) which is the backbone of our technology world. We sincerely thank the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for their financial commitment and support! They are making a difference in Montana communities.” 

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was founded by the late Melvin J.“Jack” Murdock, co-founder of Tektronics, Inc., was an innovative, entrepreneurial leader with business interests throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Upon his untimely death in 1971, his will directed three Trustees to establish a charitable trust “to nurture and enrich the education, cultural, social and spiritual lives of individuals, families and community.”

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust serves individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, through grantmaking, enrichment programs and convenings that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in ways that are innovative and sustainable. 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Code Girls United
PO Box 8272
Kalispell. MT 59904

 

Code Girls United Tech Trio team
from Kalispell wins the
Congressional App Challenge! 


Code Girls United Tech Trio team from Kalispell, MT has won the Congressional App Challenge for Montana’s Congressional district.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows middle and high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, and is the most prestigious prize in student computer science. Winning teams apps are put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Tech Trio app DriveRight was developed as a result of the recent tragedy involving a young girl hit when a vehicle failed to stop for a school bus.  The girls felt there was a lack of understanding of the state driving laws.  Their app DriveRight helps new and existing drivers learn Montana’s state driving laws in a way that is fun and interactive. The girls conducted research with the Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Department of Transportation to develop their app which includes the following functionality:  

  • A Flash Card page with preloaded and user defined cards.

  • A Scenario Game with the most commonly confused driving situations. 

  • A Quiz page which contains the Montana Drivers Test questions.

  • A DMV near you finder.

  • A page with Montana state driving laws and helpful tips for drivers.

  • Watch their video entry:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NnNtGK5xrI

Code Girls United is extremely proud of the hard work the Tech Trio team put into their creation. Our after school program combines real-world coding for young girls in fourth to eighth grade with practical business skills. And, our approach works: program participants have won scholarship money, statewide competitions, and this is the second year in a row that a Code Girls United team has won the Congressional App Challenge.

Studies have shown that 80% of girls participating in programs like Code Girls United have increased self-confidence.  Additionally, 58% of participating girls go on to pursue further Computer Science education. Code Girls United mission is to expand the future career opportunities of 4th-8th grade girls through hands-on experiences in coding, technology, and business. The program runs throughout the school year, and has expanded to 4 Montana locations outside of the Flathead Valley, in addition to an online program, and an advanced program. 

Please visit https://codegirlsunited.org if you would like more information or would like to support Code Girl’s United.