More than 55 girls from 16 area elementary schools came together on Feb. 11 for the Learning Village's second annual Girls' Geek Day. With 12 sessions on science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) offered, the event also brought together 20 community volunteers as well as 12 middle school and high school mentors.
This free community event, originally the creation of Albemarle Schools teacher Paula White, is one of a series held each month of the school year at different institutions across the area. Each morning is designed to offer girls in Kindergarten through grade four the opportunity to explore technology and computing in collaborative, hands-on environments.
This month's event even featured an entire Girls Scout troop (795) from Baker-Butler Elementary School participating, and volunteers from the Junior League of Charlottesville, members of the U.Va. Society of Women Engineers, the Piedmont Student Launch Team, and even a School computer science alumna leading workshops.
"We also really appreciated Devon Balicki '10 joining us to run a computer science session and share her computer science journey with attendees," said Kim Wilkens, the School's Girls' Geek Day coordinator.
"If she can see it, she can be it and she could certainly see it at this Girls' Geek Day with all our awesome volunteers!"
Each girl had the opportunity to participate in three sessions, with options ranging from Sphero Robots to Pixel Art to Stop Motion to an actual Rocket Launch, among many others.
Many thanks to all School volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, including Michele Mathieson, Becky Malin, Gita Howeth, Kim Cox, Taylor Stevens, Beth Stefanik, and students Elsa P. '21, Kyia W. '21, Noelle R. '22, Nia R. '22, and Lucia H. '18.
Photos are now available on the School SmugMug account.