UCSD’s GirlTECH program, hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, aims to encourage young women to learn and apply computational thinking and coding skills.
GirlTECH will work to:
- Provide scholarships and financial assistance to low income girls in middle schools and high school to participate in coding and computer science opportunities.
- Create more opportunities for young women to learn these skills by partnering with local universities, businesses and non-profits.
Check on this site for workshop and event updates as well as news items specifically geared toward girls in computing! We hope to provide abundant opportunities for you to thrive and reach your full potential.
Education News Highlights
Seventh-Graders Learn Astrophysics through Mixed-Reality Computer Simulation
MEteor, an interactive computer simulation, teaches middle school students about gravity and planetary motion in an immersive, whole-body environment. From left, doctoral student Shuai Wang and Robb Lindgren, a professor of curriculum and instruction and of educational psychology, found in a recent study that the astronomy game’s whole-body learning activities were linked with significant learning gains, greater student engagement and more positive attitudes toward science.
Scientists Store Digital Images in DNA, and Retrieves them Perfectly
Technology companies routinely build sprawling data centers to store all the baby pictures, financial transactions, funny cat videos and email messages its users hoard. But a new technique developed by University of Washington and Microsoft researchers could shrink the space needed to store digital data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter down to the size of a sugar cube.
New Facebook Tool Lets Blind People ‘See’ Photos
“With more than 39 million people who are blind, and over 246 million who have a severe visual impairment, many people may feel excluded from the conversation around photos on Facebook,” Facebook’s Shaomei Wu, Hermes Pique, and Jeffrey Wieland, said in an online post, late Monday. In an attempt to remedy this problem, Facebook is launching “automatic alternative text”; a tool that uses object recognition technology to identify and describe an image, so that visually impaired and blind people using screen readers will be able to hear—and therefore visualize—what’s in a photo posted on the social network.
Ada’s Open Notebook
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