University groups help young women learn about STEM opportunities
DigiGirlz Day is designed to provide girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is like. 2019 Delaware DigiGirlz Day will be held at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus on May 15.
“Learning about many different aspects of science and having the opportunity to get hands-on experience in many different areas was fun at that time,” said Hudson, who will teach a marine robotics workshop at DigiGirlz Day, where she hopes to spark that same excitement and enjoyment of science in the girls that participate. “It doesn’t need to be marine science, just science in general. I hope that they walk away with the understanding that anyone can be a scientist, regardless of gender, and that there are so many fields of science to get involved in — many more than their science classes can begin to cover.”
At the heart of the day’s planning and partnerships is UD’s new Women in Technology (WIT) organization. Launched in October 2018, the WIT organization brings UD faculty and staff together to advocate for WIT and diversity, develop opportunities and empower future WIT generations. UD’s WIT has partnered with Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information (DTI), Microsoft, and other local institutions and sponsors to plan Delaware’s 2019 DigiGirlz Day. In addition, WIT partners with Newark High School to provide technology workshops for young women and is actively developing partnerships with other groups that advocate for women at UD and WIT groups at other institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Villanova.
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