We Can Code IT Mentors Northeast Ohio 8th Grade Girls On Tuesday, December 9th, We Can Code It mentored girls at IT’s For Girls, an event in which 8th grade girls from school districts in Northeast Ohio get together to participate in STEM projects and meet professional women in tech fields. The annual day-long event provides middle school girls with information and incentive to pursue their interests in STEM-related subjects and IT careers. The program is presented by and takes place at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. It includes six different STEM activities for the girls, including 3D printing and math activities. The kids also learn a lot about the importance of networking. The girls worked with We Can Code IT and 19 other women from Northeast Ohio tech businesses by asking networking questions and learning about career options in technology. The students watched a slideshow featuring women tech company CEOs. Seeing examples of women to role model themselves after, rather than the male-dominated images they typically see, can help girls understand that tech fields are attainable to them. We Can Code IT also mentored during the luncheon portion of the programming. We told the inquisitive girls at our table about computer science as a career choice, told them about making games in Scratch and Blockly, and asked a lot of questions about their interests and possible career paths to help guide them in the right direction. If you’d like to introduce a girl you know to computer science, you may want to show them Scratch, a programming language developed at MIT for kids.
Over 3,000 people gathered at IngenuityFest in Cleveland, and for the second year in a row, We Can Code IT engaged visitors with our technology outreach program. We delighted guests with our Artificial Intelligence chatbots, Skeletorbot and Zoebot. We enthralled Clevelanders with our Community Glass display. We taught visitors about computational thinking through the programming language, Scratch. The event culminated with Mel speaking as a panelist, explaining the importance of getting girls and women in to tech, at Meet the Makers. Thank you to our amazing volunteers! These wonderful images are provided by Lauren Holloway.
We Can Code IT founders Mel McGee and Shana Mysko were featured at the Cleveland Mini Makers Faire. The pair showed children how to program their own chat bots using a program developed by their sister company, imageNation Web Experts, called Zoe Bot. Zoe Bot is an online, interactive, artificial intelligence application that will chat with a user. The kids were able to make their own chat bots as well that would respond to them. Mel demonstrated Skeletorbot, her artificial intelligence chatting skeleton, and showed kids how she created it. Skeletorbot chatted with visitors as they passed by, hopefully not creeping too many of them out. He was originally conceived in the early 00’s as a pet-project by Mel for one of her Halloween parties. Mel and Shana also had a Google Glass demonstration that allowed attendees to try out the wearable computer as well as an augmented reality station. Watch the video for a sample of the fun!