Students from Fancher Elementary worked with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) to bring a new STEM-based workshop to students in the district.
Nearly 60 students from Fancher and McGuire Elementary, as well as Mt. Pleasant Middle School, participated in the workshops.
The GET-IT program is designed to spark curiosity in the field of information technology for girls and young women. The students were able to enhance their knowledge of coding using Blockly code to control Dash the Robot in completing a variety of tasks such as moving in a figure eight, talking and changing the color of the robot’s lights.
“At Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, we are dedicated to empowering our students with the skills needed to compete for the jobs of tomorrow and make positive contributions to society,” said Superintendent Jennifer Verleger. “Learning the fundamentals of technology and science from an early age helps prepare students for success and opens the door to good-paying, in-demand careers.”
The 90-minute program was a hit among participants, evidenced by the enthusiastic comments shared after the session was done. “This was a great opportunity. I am so glad I came. It was awesome to be introduced to coding.” – Lina, – fifth grade “This was amazing! I want this to happen every year!” – Giada, fourth grade “I honestly really enjoyed it all! Remember, GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING!” – Emma, fourth grade
According to MCWT Program Manager Katina Coultier, women still lag in representation when it comes to jobs in information technology across the state.
“Our mission is to make Michigan the number one state for women in technology,” Coultier said. “We can help meet that goal by introducing girls and young women to these subjects when they are young through the variety of opportunities we are now offering like workshops, camps, clubs, competitions and scholarship opportunities to keep these amazing students engaged in the field of technology.”
By Sarah Wright | The Morning Sun
Photos: Mt. Pleasant Public Schools