Our pillars of support

NCWIT AspireIT

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 dozens of programs nation-wide each year.

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 Community 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. Thanks to Porta-Botz, we offer extra scholarships for families in need for girls to attend our workshops.

Our team

Kassandra Degara

Kassandra is a first year student at Purdue University-Fort Wayne studying mechanical engineering. She credits Science Olympiad and her time in robotics for her interest in STEM. In her free time, Kassandra enjoys playing the violin and photography. She loves alfredo!

Mireina Keith

Mireina is a senior at Portage High School, and she is a programmer on the Porta-Botz team 2567K. She discovered her interest in computer science at Loyola University during a summer camp. Although she wants to become a computer engineer, she really wants a part-time job as Captain Marvel!

Sanja Kirova

Sanja is a first year at Columbia University studying mechanical engineering. Her interest in engineering stemmed from technology and digital arts programs at the Boys & Girls Club. In her free time, Sanja enjoys coding, crafting, machining, and photography.

Jade Kokinda

Jade is a sophomore at Portage High School and programmer on Porta-Botz team 2567K. She discovered her interest in STEM through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering courses and Science Olympiad competitions in school. In her free time, Jade enjoys reading, crocheting, and playing in the orchestra.

Sara Mitchell

Sara is a sophomore at Portage High School and responsible for documentation in the Porta-Botz program. Sara discovered her interest in STEM as part of the robotics team. In her free time, Sara enjoys singing and dancing as part of the Choraliers. She is passionate about gender equality in STEM!

Kelly Schaffer

Kelly is a first year student at Purdue Univeristy-Fort Wayne studying biomedical engineering. Kelly honed her interest in STEM through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes and robotics in school. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading and writing fiction. Kelly is a computer-aided-design (CAD) specialist and geology expert!

Makayla Zettler

Makayla is a sophomore at Portage High School and responsible for CAD on the Porta-Botz team 2567K. Makayla credits her family for supporting her in taking many Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and robotics courses in school so that she could nurture her interest in STEM. However, she is also very fond of the arts: she enjoys drawing and designing.

 Our mission and values

increase the meaningful participation of women in STEM. 

  • equal opportunity
  • safety 
  • sustainability 
  • community
  • empowerment

Our goal is to empower a community of women in a safe environment to contribute to sustainable development by taking advantage of opportunities and using technology.



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