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
“My favorite part was building stuff and learning more stuff I didn’t know.”
“I liked being in small groups and my favorite part was when we got to program the robot.”
“I had a fun time, so the only thing I could think of to improve the camp would be to have more days in the camp.”