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New Technology Program Aimed at Middle School Girls in its 3rd Year

Posted on: July 01, 2019

Sioux City, IA,-- Over seventy middle school girls in the Sioux City and South Sioux City area participated in a summer camp hosted by Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) and sponsored by Verizon Innovative Learning. The public is invited to attend the final day on Thursday, July 11th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. for a showcase event. The showcase will take place in the Dunker Student Center at WITCC, 4647 Stone Ave. in Sioux City (Entrance 12, Parking lot 3). This summer, WITCC joined Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the 2-year program was piloted in 2017 at WITCC along with 4 other community colleges and has expanded, engaging over 1,500 girls.

Spending the first part of their summer with a three-week intensive experience, 78 girls from local middle schools across Sioux City, IA and South Sioux City, NE attended courses at WITCC in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles. Following the summer, the girls will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the SDGs include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality.

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering and computing workforces.[1] As a member organization of more than 300 community colleges across the country, NACCE is dedicated to supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in local communities.

Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students. Learn more at www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com

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Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students. Learn more at www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com

 

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