Getting Girls Involved in STEM through Robotics: Black Girls Code Event

December 19, 2014

Last week, in the midst of broadcasts about national protests for civil rights and racial democracy, educators from across the world shared stories about the worldwide action to enhance digital democracy through Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and Hour of Code.

As part of the program dedicated to inspiring youth to take interest in computer science, Black Girls Code (BGC) hosted robotics courses at UC Berkeley’s Betchel Hall, where about 100 girls attended the event.

I volunteered as an instructor for this BGC event and helped the girls learn basic engineering and programming skills. Contributing to CSEdWeek was important to me because knowledge can serve as a powerful tool for the long-lasting needed changes in our society. In addition, we have an unacceptable disparity between women and men who endeavour to start careers in STEM areas. What I am doing with BGC is trying to address this problem with girls at young age.

A special thanks to UC Berkeley for the great venue on Saturday and to BIDS for sharing the BIDS workspace for the BGC instructors' training on December 6.