Last year we embarked on a new project in partnership with Eagleville school. SciGirls Code is part of the SciGirls program developed by Twin Cities Public Television and made possible through a partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project and the LT Media Lab. The pilot program is a nine-month curriculum centering on e-textiles, robotics, and mobile geospatial technologies. More than this curriculum, it is also a professional development opportunity for STEM educators, role model training for female technology professionals, and research that investigates the ways in which computational learning experiences impact the development of computational thinking as well as interest and attitudes in computer science.
Female students in 5th-8th grade at Eagleville participated in this project over the course of the school year. For several participants, it was their first time to work with e-textiles or robotics. On Wednesday, our SciGirls Code participants set up a project showcase at Discovery Center. They had examples of bracelets created using conductive thread which featured LEDs in a variety of colors. They also had robots powered by Sphero, an app-controlled robotic sphere. When asked about their favorite project throughout the year, answers varied between learning to design apps, putting robots together, making new friends, and creating light-up jewelry.