Today's guest post is from Savannah Loberger, a 2013 National Award Winner and 2011 Oregon/SW Washington Affiliate Award Winner of NCWIT's Award for Aspirations in Computing. This summer, Savannah ran a STEM and computer science camp for middle school girls as part of our pilot AspireIT program. She is a 2013 graduate of Hillsboro High School, and will attend Oregon State University in the fall of 2013.
It is important that girls have a chance to grow their confidence and experience STEM in a positive way. Otherwise less than 15% of the girls would go onto a STEM related career. Every girl said that they would feel more confident in an all girl class learning about STEM, as a result of the week every girl left feeling more confident about themselves and their abilities in STEM. That is amazing.
Quotes from the girls
“I had a great time!”
“I hope you do this camp next year!”
“I liked being in small groups and my favorite part was when we got to program the robot.”