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.
Our lead coding instructor for Week 1 (Game Design with Scratch) will be Lauren Chen, a rising senior in the STEM Program at Dutch Fork High School. She is 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. We are excited to have her with us!
Our lead coding instructor for Week 2 (Storytelling with Alice) will be Briana Ramirez, 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 how great coding and a future career in STEM is!
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!