Intro to Sass: Giving Superpowers to CSS

Sprout Social - 131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 1000 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Sat, Dec 13, 2014, 12:00 PM (CST)

About this event

Sass is a language that extends CSS. In this one-day workshop, you'll learn the basics of Sass and boost your professional development, saving time at work while keeping your resume fresh with this in-demand skill. 

Sass takes the principles of CSS and HTML - separation of style from content - and supercharges them, making your site’s CSS nimble and future-friendly. Your CSS is about to go from:


Are you ready?

We’ll learn how to use Sass features like variables, mix-ins, nesting, and functions to make your CSS super clean and way more powerful, replacing the need for memorizing complex CSS3 selectors, hex codes and vendor prefixes. 

Along the way, you’ll install Ruby, learn to use the command line, enhance your browser’s code inspector and write your own custom functions for Sass with some basic programming concepts to guide you.

: You must set up your machine with Sass.
See here for instructions on how to set up your computer and get help if you run into problems. You absolutely must do this before you come to class.

Cost: $40
**No shows: your course fee will be donated to the chapter scholarship fund. 

Date: Saturday, December 13th from 12-4:30PM
Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Location: Sprout Social, 131 S. Dearborn St., 10th floor
**Attendees must provide their full name as it appears on their ID for building security. When you RSVP to this event, you will be prompted for this information. Do not leave blank or you will not be able to get past security.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, click here. Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is December 7th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students.  

Tech requirements:

• Your laptop (Mac, PC, or Linux are all okay). 

• A modern web browser - either Chrome or Firefox with Firebug installed. 

• A text editor. We recommend Sublime Text 2 (free; available for both Mac and PC). 

• Sass pre-installed on your laptop (see above)


To get the most out of this class, you should have a basic working knowledge of HTML & CSS. You may have:

• taken Intro to HTML/CSS through Girl Develop It

• have built your own site, or

• already build websites regularly

You should be comfortable with writing CSS already and are ready to take your skills to the next level. Please take our CSS quiz to make sure you're ready for this class. A 7 out of 10 score means you qualify to take this class. 

This class is suitable for more advanced HTML and CSS students as well.

Instructor: Jen Myers

Jen Myers is a web designer/developer, speaker, writer and teacher in Chicago, and the Director of Open Source Curriculum at online training course provider Pluralsight. She founded Code and Cupcakes, a series of mother/daughter coding workshops she leads regularly, and has been involved with Girl Develop It, an organization that provides introductory programming classes for women, as a chapter leader, instructor and advisor since 2011. She speaks extensively about design, development and diversity, and focuses on finding new ways to make both technology and technology education accessible to everyone.

Hosted by: Sprout Social

Sprout Social provides social media engagement, publishing and analytic tools for leading brands including AMD, Nokia, Spotify and UPS. A powerful platform for social business available via web browser, iOS and Android apps, Sprout enables brands to more effectively manage social channels, collaborate across teams and provide an exceptional customer experience. Headquartered in Chicago, Sprout is a Twitter Certified Product, Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and Google+ Pages API Partner. Learn more at

If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this workshop, please contact Paige through Meetup or via email. TAing is a great way to practice what you know and to get to know members of our community.

All attendees, including staff and volunteers, are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It code of conduct.


Saturday, Dec 13
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)


Sprout Social
131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 1000 Chicago