Tuesday, February 27, 2018
By Shauntel Hall
This past Saturday, Women In Technology (WIT) and 100 Girls of Code Conyers partnered to host the “Let’s Dance Coding Workshop” to approximately 70 elementary, middle and high school girls at the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, GA.
The workshop, presented by NCR, taught students how to combine animation and music to create music videos using Scratch, a free online programming resource developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The event was supported by a team of volunteers from NCR, UPS and 100 Girls of Code Conyers who worked directly with the girls to provide one-on-one support and training during the event.
Brent Zucker, member of the NCR software team and leader of the event, was pleased with the turnout and skill level of the students.
“It is amazing what WIT and 100 Girls of Code are doing! I was blown away with the participation, engagement, and existing knowledge all of the girls had,” said Zucker.
WIT also received great feedback from the girls who attended the event. Some of the comments students shared were:
● “I have been in coding classes but this one was fun and it showed me coding that I didn’t know about.”
● “It was engaging and very fun.”
● “I enjoyed the event; I loved creating new projects. The atmosphere here was amazing as well.”
The event was made possible by a grant that WIT received from NCR for the second year in a row to support WIT Girls and WIT Campus programs designed to empower girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). WIT uses grant funds to host events and programs that target students in underserved communities in and around metro Atlanta.
“We are happy to see the work that WIT continues to do impact and support girls in their education and future careers in STEAM. The results of this event are another testament to the relationship and partnership we are proud to have with them,” said Yvonne Whitaker, NCR Foundation Lead.
Overall, the event provided a successful partnership opportunity between organizations who share a mission to educate and inspire girls in technology and corporations that are invested in supporting the next generation of female technology leaders.
“We are delighted that we could join forces with 100 Girls of Code Conyers, NCR, and UPS to put on an event that impacted a large number of girls and inspired their journey in STEAM. We appreciate the support of everyone involved and we look forward to working together in the future” said Sandy Welfare, WIT Executive Director.