Let's get our study on people! This is the 1st session for a beginner-focused study group meeting every second Tuesday. (The location is yet to be confirmed, still working on this, but will likely be downtown.)
Based on the expressions of interest from women keen to participate, we have identified the following 'study tracks' for people to follow. You do not have to choose one of these tracks, please feel free to attend and work on whatever study/projects you are interested in working on. The idea behind the tracks is to give people with similar interests and experience a common program of study to pursue, and be able to help each other progress.
Who: This is for women who either just took the day course 'Intro to Python' or have minimal/no experience with python.
Goal: To get a good grasp of python basics.
The work: 'How to think like a computer scientist' series (reading material and practical problems).
http://www.openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english2e/ (for python version 2.x)
http://openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english3e/ (for python version 3.x)
**Beginner+ Web development track**
Who: This is for women who have the basics of python, and are interested in web development.
Goal: To be able to build functional websites using a combination of python and Django.
The work: 'Getting started with Django' tutorial series, followed by building a blog.
**Beginner+ Scientific programming track**
Who: This is for women who have basic understanding of python, and have a background in science or engineering and want to use python for this purpose.
Goal: To enhance ability to build programs for a variety of different scientific purposes.
The work: TBA (We've got some suggestions on this, probably need to breakout the scipythonistas during the first session to confirm the details of this track) http://www.meetup.com/PyLadies-ATX/messages/boards/thread/36630592/#106100802
Note that these tracks are -not- formal courses. There will be no designated teachers, formalized assessments, deadlines, or grades awarded. From time to time, we will likely pull in other more experienced pyladies share their expertise on a specific topic / project, but probably not every session. The members of this group are responsible for their progressing at their own pace and supporting each other's learning.
I don't know about you guys, but I am really excited about this! I really encourage everyone who thinks they might want to be involved to show up and see if this is for you. All of the study materials for recommended tracks are free, so you've got nothing to lose!