Women in Computing workshop mentored girls in November

November 16, 2013

High school girls created their own websites, games and animations during a Women in Computing technology workshop at Michigan State University on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The event was designed to attract more female students into the employment-rich fields of computing, said Teresa Isela VanderSloot, academic adviser in the MSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

More than a dozen MSU student volunteers led sessions on creating web pages with HTML and CSS, as well as basic programming concepts using Scratch. The event was open to girls in middle school and high school.

“Participants worked closely with MSU computer science students and talked to them about why this is a great career option for women,” VanderSloot said.

She noted that the current large demand for programmers in the job market will continue to grow in the years to come. “I encourage parents to continue to bring their daughters to MSU and let us teach them the basics while we surround them with women in computing who are very excited about this incredible field.”

MSU students, faculty and staff will work with high school and middle school girls on Nov. 16 to help them explore computing through hands-on activities.