(CBS) — When Kaitlyn Lee took an AP computer science two years ago, she was one of two girls in the class.
“That was really intimidating,” she tells CBS 2’s Irika Sargent.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Building Heat
Kaitlyn and her best friend, Sabrina Chung, decided to do something about it. They started the club “<gir1 c0de>” at Barrington High School.
The numbers for the study group have doubled since last year. That’s incredible, considering the club meets at 6:30 a.m. an hour before school even starts.
The morning CBS 2 visited, seniors Lisa Yala and Emily Tokarski were using a card-sorting game to share their knowledge of computer coding.
“It gives you a place where you are not afraid to ask for help,” Emily Tokarski says of <gir1 c0de>.
Kristen Lewis is one of their teachers.READ MORE: Bronzeville Woman Pays Plumber To Fix Sewage Backup, Only To Find Out It Was On City Property
“They will be changing the game when they go into the workforce. They are really impressive,” she says.
Participants have big dreams linked to computer science.
“I’m really interested in artificial intelligence and the potential to help the medical field,” Kaitlynn says.
Emily wants to study aerospace engineering and computer science. Sabrina will minor in computer science.
Kaitlynn and Sabrina say they would like to see girls’ coding clubs spread elsewhere, including to younger girls in middle school.MORE NEWS: With Rash Of Carjackings In West Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, Apple AirTag Presented As Item That Could Help