Middle school girls attending Charlotte Lab School will now be able to choose Project Scientist's SciGirls Code program as an elective.
SciGirls Code is brand-new curriculum specifically designed by PBS with support from the National Science Foundation to help address the gender gap in computer science programs by sparking and strengthening girls interest, skills, and confidence as technology creators.
"We are so thrilled to have partnered with PBS and Lab School to bring this project to Charlotte," said Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall. "The SciGirls Code program is in perfect alignment with our mission at Project Scientist to engage and empower girls with a passion, talent, and aptitude for STEM.
As part of the SciGirls Code program, girls will complete hands-on computer science and coding projects, meet female STEM role models, and see how computer science helps people solve problems, achieve goals, and help others. This girls-only program will introduce girls to computer science through Mobile App Development, Robotics, and E-Textiles. The goal is that by the end of the program, the girls will be excited and interested to learn more about computer science and be prepared to succeed in challenging middle and high school computer science classes.
About Project Scientist
Founded/established in 2011, the mission of Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM. Through engagement of top STEM companies, universities, teachers and hands-on curriculum, Project Scientist Summer Academy attendees discover opportunities available to them in STEM. The need for Project Scientist was based off research that shows girls with a high skill, aptitude, and talent for STEM subjects are not currently served or identified at a young age. Founder Sandy Marshall of Laguna Beach, Calif. created Project Scientist to change the world's view of "who" a scientist is and "what" a scientist does. Project Scientist partners with Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte to research its educational model and to validate the impact that camp programs are having on those who attend. http://www.projectscientist.org
About Lab School
The Charlotte Lab School is a North Carolina tuition-free public charter school that opened in the Fall of 2015 in Uptown Charlotte. The Lab School currently serves 500 students in grades K-6 and is growing to ultimately serve approximately 600 students in grades K-8. In May 2014, the Lab School was named a "Breakthrough Model," for innovation through the Next Generation Learning Challenge. http://www.charlottelabschool.org
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