AspireIT Programs

#HelloWorld

Program Leader(s)

  • Jeanie P.
  • Victoria D.

Location

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date(s)

  • October 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • October 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • November 1, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • November 8, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • November 15, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • November 22, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • December 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

School Year 2015-2016

#HelloWorld is a web design program to teach middle school girls the basics of web design, as well as to explore new, exciting STEM topics in an independent manner, using multimedia resources from other websites, online journals, videos, and books, and help from MIT student mentors. They will study a subject of their choosing and design a website to reflect what they’ve researched, learning to integrate and present this new information in a web-based format.

Partner Organization: MIT Society of Women Engineers

Program Webpage: N/A

Adventures in Game Design

Program Leader(s)

  • Olivia T.

Location

Meridian, Idaho

Date(s)

  • October 16, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • October 23, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • October 30, 2015 - 1:00am
  • November 6, 2015 - 1:00am
  • November 13, 2015 - 1:00am
  • November 20, 2015 - 1:00am

School Year 2015-2016

Adventures in Game Design is a program for middle school girls about video game design, focusing specifically on the potential of video games in education. Participants will learn the basics of video game design and how to make their own videogames using Yoyo Games GameMaker.  Using this knowledge, participants will be encouraged to pursue their own ideas and create an original videogame of their own design. At the end of the program, several awards will be given, such as “most original game,” “best educational game,” and “best overall game.” Participants will also have the opportunity to share their videogames in a school-wide presentation.  

Partner Organization: Idaho Virtual Academy

Program Webpage: N/A

App Girls

Program Leader(s)

  • Olivia R.

Location

Morgan, Utah

Date(s)

  • October 20, 2015 - 2:45pm

School Year 2015-2016

App Girls introduces middle-school-aged girls to the basics of computer science. Its main focus is programming and app design. In this program the girls create apps for Android systems using MIT's App Inventor. They will also hear personal experiences from different women who have chosen to pursue careers in STEM fields. The campers will see the exciting opportunities that come with a computer science career. This camp provides a welcoming environment for young women to learn about their interests while enjoying the company of other young women pursuing similar interests. 

Partner Organization: Morgan High School

Behind the Screen: 3-D Printing

Program Leader(s)

  • Ayushi S.

Location

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Date(s)

  • October 24, 2015 - 9:30am

School Year 2015-2016

The objective of this program is to expose girls (in grades 6-8) to computer science and engineering by teaching them how to code objects using OpenSCAD and Tinkercad that can then be printed on a 3D printer. After an introduction by a keynote speaker - a woman who works with technology in her career - the participants split into three groups.

Groups are divided based on grade levels and each group rotates through three different stations throughout the day, to explore several aspects of computer science. The first station teaches young girls about 3D printing with Tinkercad. At this station, volunteers teach students how to create 3D printed objects using Tinkercad software. Every student has the opportunity to 3D print the object that they designed.

In the second station, students explore the thought process behind coding. First students are introduced to algorithms with an activity in which students describe how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This shows the students how every step of the process must be noted, just like how every step must be coded. After this introduction, volunteers teach students the basics of coding 3D printed objects using OpenSCAD. Then, volunteers assist students in coding a beginner object, such as a snowman or ice cream cone.

In the third station, students learn about how computer science is used in everyday life and about career opportunities for women in the IT field. Here, we present a panel of past winners of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award who offer their diverse experiences with technology, coding, and engineering. The panel will consist of high school seniors who will reflect on how they first became interested in Computer Science and Technology, how they use STEM at school and everyday life, and how they hope to use their Computer Science skills in the future (including college and career paths).

Students are served lunch and snacks, during which volunteers will lead round table discussions about technology in the future. Questions include:

  • How do you use technology everyday?
  • How can we improve that technology?
  • How would you use 3D printing to change the world or solve a problem?

All students receive a T-shirt and information packet. This information packet includes more information about opportunities for women in STEM as well as additional resources. Information about more ways to learn about Computer Science will also be on the website.

The program concludes with a closing speaker - Dr. Shelley Prevost (CEO of a local technology company, Torch. Dr. Prevost will give a presentation on "Leading Like a Girl," a presentation similar to her Ted Talk but tailored to a younger audience. This talk focuses on leading in our own way, whether it is through empathy, collaboration, delegation, or a combination of all.

 

Partner Organization: The Chattanooga Public Library

Program Webpage: N/A

Build-A-Baymax Workshop

Program Leader(s)

  • Anna N.

Location

Portland, Oregon

Date(s)

  • November 3, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 5, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 10, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 12, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 17, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 19, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • November 24, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • December 1, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • December 3, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • December 8, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • December 10, 2015 - 3:45pm
  • December 15, 2015 - 3:45pm

School Year 2015-2016

Build-A-Baymax is a program targeted to middle school students to generate interest in computer programming and Internet of Things (IoT). In order to captivate young girls, the program guides them through the process of making Baymax, everyone’s favorite robot, come to life. During this program, participants learn how to make a Baymax who can detect faces and has voice recognition capabilities using Raspberry Pi, which is a credit card-sized computer. This project will teach students coding skills in PHP, Linux, and Python, as well as showing them how to apply these skills.

 

The program consists of 12 sessions, each one-hour-and-fifteen minutes long. The sessions are carried out twice a week, after-school hours during November and December, providing a total of about 15 hours of lessons per participant. The workshop culminates in a celebration of all the students have learned; a way to share how each person has customized their creations.

 

At the end of the program, students will have an understanding of Raspberry Pi, Linux operating system commands, how to develop simple applications using Python and how to control external devices using the GPIO interface. This course uses practical examples, visual images, videos and audio clips to explain many of the concepts used for learning the Raspberry Pi.
 

The program is structured in a separate lecturing/demo session and lab sessions. STEM4Girls will work with local industry experts to cover some of the complex concepts and the program leader will take the lead on the basic concepts/lab sessions.

 

Partner Organization: STEM4Girls Inc

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