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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How did WATT start?
    WATT is a non-profit organization founded by 2 Holy Names graduates, Mackenzie Jorgensen and Laura Debolt, as a way to introduce girls to computer science at a young age. Mackenzie and Laura graduated from Holy Names Academy in 2016. Both have bachelor degrees in Computer Science, Mackenzie from Villanova and Laura from University of Washington.
  • Why should I sign my daughter up for WATT?
    WATT is a great way to introduce girls to computer science. Being female based makes WATT an inclusive environment for girls in a field that is male dominated. WATT is focused on empowering girls while teaching them important skills in computer science.
  • Can my son join WATT?
    While WATT is focused on empowering girls, especially in the STEM field, we will not turn away boys that are interested in joining. Boys that want to join should be open minded towards WATT being female based.
  • How does WATT work?
    WATT meets once a week for eight weeks at the schools we partner with. We run two curriculums: Python in the fall, and Java in the Spring. In the fall, students learn how to use Python to create and format their own functional projects. In the spring, students learn the basics of Java and how to write their own programs with lots of methods! Generally, each lesson has introductory videos, explanations of concepts, hands-on demos, snack breaks, and an activity at the end so students can apply what they learnt!
  • Who teaches the classes?
    Core team members lead classes and juniors and seniors from Holy Names that have completed AP Computer Science also volunteer to help teach.
  • What will my child be learning?
    In the fall, students will lean how to use Python to create their own functional projects and in the spring, students will learn how to use Java to write their own programs
  • How can I contact WATT?
    Feel free to email us at You can also visit our facebook page and instagram for updates on what we're doing. Facebook: Instagram: @wattcoding
  • Can I connect with WATT on social media?
    Check out our facebook and instagram page for pictures! Facebook: Instagram: @wattcoding
  • I am a school administrator and would like to bring WATT to my school
    That's awesome that you are interested! Please contact us though email or on facebook with specifics and we will be in touch as soon as we can!
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