Girls as young as eight-years-old used their laptops, imagination and teamwork skills for social good at ROCGirlHacks Powered by AT&T, Rochester’s first all-girl youth hackathon hosted Oct. 28 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The free hackathon was intended for all girls in grades 3–12, including those who have never programmed before, those who are already building apps and anyone in between. The learning program challenged participants to come up with technological solutions and tools to address the growing problem of cyberbullying and internet safety. The event was a collaboration between iCanCode, Women in Computing at RIT and AT&T. The program was born out of a desire to expand coding opportunities for Rochester-area girls and to encourage them to enter the field of technology, specifically coding, an industry that is statistically male-dominant.
Girl Scouts spend the day with Women in Computing undergraduate student instructors and mentors to earn their Technology Badge. These workshops were created to help inspire young girls to consider studying computing or as a career choice.
The following Technology Badge Workshops were offered to Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassador levels.
Girls Soaring in STEM Fair is a free event for grades 4 – 12 to learn about engineering and computing, technology and science possibilities through hands-on demonstrations and activities during this Fair. Presented by the RIT Women in Computing, Women in Technology, Women in Engineering, and Women in Science students and faculty.
The Women in Computing After Hours Program is an overnight program for women accepted into the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing. This free program includes learning about Study Abroad, Housing, Academic Support Services, Cooperative Education, leadership opportunities and much more. Learn More.
Women in Computing’s pre-orientation program will provide incoming female computing students with early access to the RIT experience, helping them to prepare for success and increase confidence. They will meet faculty of the Golisano College of Computing through engaging labs that will help to expand their knowledge about different applications for the technologies that they will be learning about during the year. They will get to know fellow women classmates, both in their year and upperclassmen while participating in our great team activities! It also includes a trip to the Strong National Museum of Play.