Black Girls Code, University of Memphis and FLL Celebrate the Day of the Girl

From: WMC Action News 5

Robotics workshop teaches and inspires Mid-South girls
By Lauren Squires

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

On a day designed to empower women and help girls succeed, one Memphis group did its part.

Cool is one way to describe the first ever Black Girls CODE Robot Expo. Cool enough for almost 50 girls ages seven to 17 spent their day at the University of Memphis building, programming and testing robots.

And it’s girls like Paige Hill that organizers are hoping to reach.

“It’s amazing for me and one day I want to be an engineer,” said Hill.

Women and minorities are under represented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions. But in a city like Memphis, where minority woman represent the majority, organizers say now is the time to show girls a different path.

“Hopefully some of these young ladies will decide that maybe this is something they want to do for a career,” said BGC Memphis core team leader Meka Egwuekwe. “From the 80’s until now, some of the trends in women in computer science have actually trended downward and so we’re trying to be a part of that narrative to be to reverse that trend.”

Throughout the workshop girls learned new skills that inspired learning, curiosity and fun, all while building the foundation for their future.

“It was really fun and it had a lot of stuff to do with team work,” added 10-year-old Amari Gant.

On a day designed to empower women and help girls succeed, one Memphis group did its part.

Cool is one way to describe the first ever Black Girls CODE Robot Expo. Cool enough for almost 50 girls ages seven to 17 spent their day at the University of Memphis building, programming and testing robots.

And it’s girls like Paige Hill that organizers are hoping to reach.

“It’s amazing for me and one day I want to be an engineer,” said Hill.

Women and minorities are under represented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions. But in a city like Memphis, where minority woman represent the majority, organizers say now is the time to show girls a different path.

“Hopefully some of these young ladies will decide that maybe this is something they want to do for a career,” said BGC Memphis core team leader Meka Egwuekwe. “From the 80’s until now, some of the trends in women in computer science have actually trended downward and so we’re trying to be a part of that narrative to be to reverse that trend.”

Throughout the workshop girls learned new skills that inspired learning, curiosity and fun, all while building the foundation for their future.

“It was really fun and it had a lot of stuff to do with team work,” added 10-year-old Amari Gant.

[FLL was there doing its part running the session for the Senior Girls. For pictures from the event click here]

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