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 are studying Computer Science, Mackenzie at Villanova and Laura at 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 six weeks. There are two sessions at every school, session A and B. Session A focuses on the fundamentals of java and game development. Session B introduces html and website development. Classes have an introduction video about computer science or women in STEM, a discussion about the video, a warm up activity to introduce the day's concept, snack, the main lesson, and a wrap up activity.




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 learn be learning?


Session A introduces students to the basic fundamentals of java and how to apply those concepts in game development. Session B is centered around web development - the students will be learning how to create their own basic web page using html.




How can I contact WATT?


Feel free to email us at wattcoding@gmail.com. You can also visit our facebook page and instagram for updates on what we're doing. Facebook: www.facebook.com/wattcoding Instagram: @wattcoding




Can I connect with WATT on social media?


Check out our facebook and instagram page for pictures! Facebook: www.facebook.com/wattcoding 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!