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Girls Inc. Day was a smashing, scientific success this fall! 86 girls between the ages of 9-16 attended the program held at the IUPUI School of Informatics and Technology on Saturday, November 11th. The students and faculty of IUPUI’s School of Informatics and Technology were extremely welcoming and excited to have fun with the girls. We began the day by splitting the girls into four age groups. We then set off for the first of four fun stations, where the girls learned about and interacted with various STEM-based activities.

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At the first station, the girls got to interact with some virtual technology. They first watched a demonstration on an interactive touchscreen. The girls loved being able to search for their favorite destinations on Google Earth; especially Disney World! At the end of this session, the girls each got to take turns playing around with several virtual reality modules and headsets.

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In the second station, the girls made their own prototypes of cell phone applications. They were able to brainstorm new cell phone applications, or even brainstorm ideas on how to make their favorite apps even better. They created their own cardboard versions of cell phones and got to decorate them in fun, unique ways, displaying how their apps would operate if created.

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Then, in the third station, the girls got to learn all about coding from the women of The Next IT Girl, an organization dedicated to supporting female coders. The girls learned that computers need specific, smart instructions if they’re going to be able to complete tasks. They learned this through completing an activity where they had to write each and every instruction involved in making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They realized that it’s harder than it sounds!

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Finally, in the fourth and possibly most popular station, the girls got to interact with small robots called Ozobots. These robots are the size of large marbles, and they are able to follow the path of colored lines the girls drew on paper. They even could tell the robots to perform different tasks, by making the lines different colors. The girls had a blast becoming robot programmers for a day.

Thank you to Dow AgroSciences for sponsoring this event! We could not have done it without your support!

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Hope to see you at our next Girls Inc. Day in the spring!

 

2 Comments

  • This program looks fantastic! I am an adult and I feel like attending this type of program myself! I wanted to let you know how inspiring this is to see young girls learning such high level, creative, yet technical computer work. The process used in teaching these children looks incredible, guided, yet not overly guided and taught in a way that they enjoyed it so much! I believe kids retain what they learn that way. Thank you for giving me inspiration today! Sincerely, Stephanie Taugner

    • Maggie Butchko says:

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! We love to know that our programming is reaching people – both girls and adults like yourself! We appreciate your kind words!

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