AspireIT Programs

STEMgirls

Program Leader(s)

  • Manasi M.

Location

Fremont, California

Date(s)

  • October 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • October 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • November 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • November 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • November 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • December 6, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • December 13, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • January 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • January 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • February 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • February 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • February 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • March 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • March 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • March 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • March 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • April 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • May 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • May 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • May 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • May 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
  • May 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

School Year 2016-2017

STEMgirls promotes an inclusive and collaborative learning environment to participating sixth grade girls. In two-hour weekly sessions that take place after school, a STEMgirls volunteer instructor teaches coding concepts for an hour to students, and then sets them loose to work on projects for the remainder of the session. Girls are encouraged to demonstrate their finished products and be proud of their creations while also supporting their peers. The program's instructors are available to answer questions and work individually with girls to ensure that each is going at a pace with which they are comfortable with, while still being challenged to learn and excel. Most of all, STEMgirls wants girls to experience how fun STEM education can be and encourage them to share what they learn with their friends.

Using KhanAcademy and Codesters curriculums, the program will help girls reach proficiency in several languages such as JavaScript, Python, and HTML/CSS. Girls will become familiar with Arduinos and Ozobots, and gain experience in the interactions between hardware and software. If students have ideas about interesting projects that they can create with their newfound coding knowledge, they are encouraged to develop those ideas into reality. In the final two weeks of the program, students will get a chance to work in a team to create a final project that does anything they'd like. Instructors will be available to help students with problems they are stuck on, but they will complete this largely on their own. This builds their confidence and shows their potential to thrive as innovators and creators in the technology space. This course is cumulative, so whenever students learn a new coding concept (variables, operators, conditional statements, loops, etc.), they apply it to a project while incorporating skills they've learned in the past, as well. For example, they will have created screen savers, graphic art, and games based off popular mobile apps (e.g. Flappy Bird, Temple Run).

STEMgirls focuses on more than just imparting technical skills. Members learn how to showcase their creations, work in a team, and learn more about career opportunities in STEM through field trips and presentations. As the gender gap in the technology fields continues to exist, the world misses out on ideas from almost half the population. Now, more than ever, we need to eliminate this disparity. By learning to code with STEMgirls, girls will be empowered to do more than crack the glass ceiling; they’ll shatter it.

Partner Organization: Ardenwood School

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