FULTON, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OmniTI, a leading provider of scalable web solutions today announced it is providing funding for 20 local students enrolled in a Foundations of Computer Science class with HowGirlsCode, Inc.
The students, girls in grades three, four, and five, attend Deep Run Elementary School in Laurel, MD. Led by technology teacher Lisa Wenzel, this afterschool class will run for eight weeks and will cover basic computer science concepts such as algorithms, conditionals, debugging and more; all in a fun, hands-on learning environment. “This is an amazing opportunity for the students at our school. Because Deep Run is a Title I school, tuition fees often prevent a large portion of our school population from participating in afterschool programs,” said Wenzel. “Our girls and their families are so appreciative of the generosity of OmniTI!”
Along with weekly computer science instruction, the class also features guest speakers to help the girls learn about various STEM careers available, and make connections with their learning and future job opportunities. For two of the sessions, OmniTI will be providing guest speakers for the Deep Run class. One of the guest speakers, Marissa Murphy, Site Reliability Engineer at OmniTI said, “I’m excited to be talking with the girls about how I chose my profession, what I do, and why I think troubleshooting is the most helpful skill in my role. I think it’s great to encourage girls to pursue interests and careers in technology.”
HowGirlsCode, Inc. provides after school instructional programs specifically designed to engage and expose girls to computer science. The organization’s goal is to build the confidence of young girls in the math and science fields and to strengthen their interest in pursuing careers in the future high-tech workforce. “Our program not only shows girls that computer science and programming can be fun and exciting, but that they can succeed and thrive in these courses throughout middle and high school. We want our girls to thrive in the STEM fields," said Clair Wise, HowGirlsCode Program Coordinator.
HowGirlsCode, Inc. will also be running a summer camp, Mind, Body, & Coding, sponsored by UMBC and the National Security Agency (NSA) for two consecutive weeks in July 2016. For more information, visit www.HowGirlsCode.com/summercamp.