Intro to Programming Concepts (for True Beginners!)

Hosted by Girl Develop It Ann Arbor

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Note: This will truly be an introductory class. If you’ve taken GDI’s Intro to Javascript or any equivalent classes and successfully completed the exercises, this workshop is not for you. If you’re a programmer by profession, this workshop is not for you.

Have you ever taken a programming class and given up because the concepts were too hard to grasp or all the examples used math formulas and your walls went up? Have you then decided to try again with a different language-- only to discover the same thing? Or have you stayed away from programming all together, because you’re worried that’s what will happen? If you answered “Yes!” to even one of those questions, this class is for you!

In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the most basic and universal programming concepts. We’ll use everyday activities and real-life examples to demonstrate common structure such as If/Then/Else statements and different kinds of loops. We’ll also try to take the mystery out of variables and why computers are so picky.

Food and drinks provided courtesy of Barracuda!

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your laptop and charger. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided.

QUESTIONS? We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at [masked]

COST: This is a donation based workshop; all money goes back to the chapter to for scholarships & to host more workshops and events! Please consider contributing ( back to Girl Develop It.

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Ann Arbor may postpone or cancel it. In that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.


Talia Selitsky is a mobile developer with Detroit Labs. She recently worked at Ford developing apps for in-vehicle systems. She was also an app developer for Photosynq, an open-research project that focuses on developing open-hardware solutions for measuring plant-health. She is an instructor and volunteer with Girl Develop It and is passionate about technology education.


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