Female professionals from local businesses will teach local girls tech topics one-on-one during the third-annual Girls in Technology Workshop to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point.
The goal of the program is to give girls information on various technology skills and hands-on activities while pairing them with female mentors who teach them real-life applications.
The students are area Girl Scouts from grades two through eight. Younger students will learn computer basics and etiquette, while topics for the older students range from stop-motion animation to
digital movie making and blogging.
The volunteer teachers represent Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, Skyward and the Portage County Business Council.
“In Girl Scouts, we find that girls are highly interested in our technology badges, but often our troop leaders fear that they don’t have the knowledge to guide the girls through the topics,” said Girl Scouts Chief Operating Officer Amy Schultz. “These workshops help our girls and our troop leaders discover more about technology.”
“The girls are always eager to dive in and start on their projects,” said volunteer Lisa Bellavin, from BHTP. “It’s exciting for them to learn a new skill and then see how we as professionals apply it in the working world. It’s extremely inspiring for us to be part of this group and see the girls progress through the program and watch their understanding and creativity grow.”
“Through our work with Partners In Education, we know that digital skills are immensely important for careers and industries across the community,” said PCBC Director of Talent Development Kayla Rombalski. “The best way for youth to hone these skills is through hands-on activities and engagement, giving them an early understanding and awareness of the types of activities and career options that go along with them. We’re thrilled to offer these badge workshops for Girl Scouts and are so appreciative of all the community support.”
The instruction will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with a badge ceremony from noon to 1 p.m.
All photos are from the 2015 Event