Hello, my name is Mrs. R. and I currently teach history and journalism. The students in journalism are self motivated, hard-working students who are curious about learning. Their goal is to be successful in life.
All of the students in my journalism class are girls.
I want to motivate these girls to become interested in the STEM programs so they can make better choices as they move to high school. These girls are from various backgrounds and socioeconomic situations. Two-thirds of the class will be dependent on scholarships to complete their college education. My principal is extremely supportive in the use of technology, especially in the STEM subjects and cross-curricular programs.
I would like to begin this program with these girls because they are self-motivated and creative, out of the box thinkers. They are not only passionate about education, but they care deeply about other people and their pursuit of a STEM career could change their world and the world around them.
My students need four Asus laptop computers to support the Hour of Code for girls interested in the STEM subjects. First, I want to explain why this project is important to me. As a mother of a child with a degree in Computer Science who recently married a beautiful young lady that is a Civil Engineer, I realized all too often girls are not pushed into the STEM subjects. Now that my second son is working on his computer science degree at the University of Texas I have met many young ladies who were encouraged to pursue their dreams in engineering,science,and math combined with technology.
I started thinking about how I, as a history teacher and technology lover, could encourage girls at my school toward a STEM subject. Then I read about the Hour of Code. http://hourofcode.com/us
With these computers I will be setting aside one hour a week for the girls in my journalism class to code using this preset curriculum.
Once I begin the Hour of Code program for the young ladies, these girls will have access to a computer where these girls learn to create real world applications.
At the end of this project, I see girls interested in the STEM subjects working together as partners and/or groups, and building skills necessary for real world application in the workplace. Ultimately, I want everyone to have the opportunity to be an Engineering Girl. http://engineergirl.org/
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