Our goal is to increase the number of girls in the Midlands who consider IT and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers by giving them the opportunity to learn about IT and coding in a fun and interactive way.
Lauren Chen will be our lead coding instructor for Week 1 (Game Design with Scratch). She is a rising senior in the STEM Program at Dutch Fork High School and a two-time winner of the National Center for Women in I.T. (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. She is an avid mathlete, pianist, and violinist, and loves to do puzzles in her free time.
Madeline Colvin will be our educational instructor for Week 1 (Game Design with Scratch). She is a senior Middle Level Education major with concentrations in ELA and SS. She is from York, SC, and loves spending time being involved in education organizations such as the Collegiate Middle Level Association and Kappa Delta Pi.
Briana Ramirez will be our lead coding instructor for Week 2 (Storytelling with Alice). She is a junior Information Science major and Computer Science minor at the University of South Carolina. She is from Indian Land, SC, and enjoys reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her dog in her free time. She is very excited to teach students about coding and future careers in STEM!
Niesie Miles will be our educational instructor for Week 2 (Alice) and is graduating from the University of South Carolina this May with a Middle Level Education Degree. She will be teaching 6th grade ELA next year! When she is not teaching, she loves to read and to restore furniture.
Emily Cunningham will be our co-instructor for Week 2 (Alice). She is a sophomore Computer Science major with Mathematics and Studio Art minors at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys creating art, making waffles, and spending time with friends. She is looking forward to sharing her love of coding and is thankful for the chance to be a part of a great camp!
More About Girls Go for I.T.
Drs. Alicia Wilson and Toni Williams founded Girls Go for I.T. in 2014. It is funded primarily by the National Center for Women & IT and in part by National Science Foundation grants to Dr. Wilson. We are grateful to our funding sources for allowing us to keep our registration fees low, and for allowing us to offer significant financial aid when needed.
Dr. Williams is a professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education. Her research focuses on middle level teacher education and issues of diversity and social justice. When she is not teaching she loves spending time with her family.
Dr. Wilson is a professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment who writes numerical models to visualize groundwater flow through everything from giant sedimentary basins to salt marshes on the South Carolina coastline. She is excited to have more girls to code with!