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ABOUT SHE CAN TECH

Led by Portage High School Robotics students, Mireina Keith (junior), Kassandra Diaz (senior), Kelly Schaffer (senior), and Sanja Kirova (senior), She Can Tech is expanding their outreach in the community with a second session hosted at the high school for any girls in grades 6 to 9 in May 2019.

With funding by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, She Can Tech was able to provide lessons and activities for free during the first session and purchase equipment such as Arduino Kits and Makey-Makeys. The National Center for Women & Infomration Technology (NCWIT) is a national  non-profit organziation  that works to increase the meaningful participaiton of girls and women in computing. She Can Tech is one of hundreds of AspireIT programs to occurr to date, allowing for near-peer mentorship, computer science learning, and social issues awareness.

AsprireIT

NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations, and its impact is undeniable, with almost 300,000 hours of computing education delivered to 10,000 girls since 2013.

She Can Tech is one of 85 programs nationally to debut in the year 2018-2019.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana

The Boys & Girls Clubs are out to assure success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors. They're committed to making sure all members are on track to create and realize their own plan for the future as they strengthen the values of good character, citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle through their programs.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana was She Can Tech's first home! They are our partners-in-crime; we could not do it without thier mentorship.

Portage Community Robotics

Portage High School Robotics fields several high school and middle school, extra-curricular, competitive robotics teams. Students engineer solutions to the current VEX Robotics World Challenge. Their award winning program is comprised of young men and women with unique talents who come together in specific roles to achieve excellence.

The four She Can Tech leaders have 13.5 years of combined experience competing in VEX Robotics as part of Porta-Botz. Thanks to Portage Community Robotics, She Can Tech can offer fee waivers to girls with financial need each session.

Project Lead the Way

PLTW is an organization focused on empowering students and transforming the teaching experience – a proud tradition from the start of the organization that continues today. Since 1997, they have grown from a high school engineering program to offering comprehensive PreK-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

All four She Can Tech leaders have been part of the PLTW curriculum since seventh grade!  We encourage participants to enroll in at least one course in their education expereince to gain 21st century success skills.

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