Minnetonka Middle Schools held their first-ever Girls & The Onesieful World of Computer Science overnight lock-in event on March 9-10 at VANTAGE. Over 60 middle school girls attended, a testament to the enthusiasm teen girls demonstrate for the computer science field!
Event planner Lisa Reed, a Teacher on Special Assignment for Computer Science and Makerspace, was thrilled with the amount of interest, saying that, "if we were able to change the trajectory for a fraction of these 60 girls to point towards Computer Science, then we will consider our efforts a success."
This overnight event included a lecture from inspirational speaker Sarah Cashman (engineer with over 20 years experience), activity sessions building dancing robots and sewable circuits, watching the movie Hidden Figures, presentations showing off their work and of course plenty of fun!
"It was so fun to see the creative approach the girls took on programming through the choreographed robots session and the perseverance they showed during the sewable circuit session," added Lisa. "This creative and stick to it approach is exactly what the Computer Science field needs as we move towards a more digital world."
Lisa and other Minnetonka teachers are already brainstorming ways to broaden the impact that began last Friday night. Next time they hope to include even more girls and keep the momentum going with those who attended.
Special thanks to Laura Rosati, MMW School Counselor and Michelle Brunik, MME Gr 6 Computer Science teacher, who assisted Ms. Reed in planning and supporting the girls' learning throughout the event.