Local STEM Education and Training non-profit organization Computer Mentors is partnering with Girls Inc of Pinellas and ITWomen to provide girls with exposure to coding and robotics programming through Computer Mentors’ KidsCode program. The KidsCode Program teaches kids ages 10-13 basic coding/logic skills and Lego Robotics programming, opening them up to exploring the possibility of future STEM careers. Students learn the logic behind coding, create projects using MIT’s Scratch platform, and learn to build and program Lego EV3 Mindstorm robots.
Classes will be five 90-minute sessions during the week of spring break (March 21-25, 2016), from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Girls Inc of Pinellas County (7686 61st Street Pinellas Park, FL 33781).
Computer Mentors was formed nearly 19 years ago to provide those without sufficient means access to technology, so they would not miss out on opportunities typically afforded to those with access to technology. Computer Mentors offers KidsCode for 4th-8th graders, and STEM Corps for 9th-12th graders. CM’s primary focus remains with youth and children; however, over the years, the organization has expanded into 4 programs serving Middle School, High School, Juvenile Offenders, and Young Entrepreneurs. Computer Mentors gives its students the tools and helps cultivate the talent needed to become savvy, self-starting achievers in a tech-centric world. For more information, please visit http://www.computermentors.org
The mission of Girls Inc of Pinellas is to inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. Our organization aspires towards outcome goals through comprehensive and structured programming and by providing unique opportunities for participants over time. As an affiliate of a national organization, Girls Inc of Pinellas provides the “Girls Inc Experience” through mentoring relationships, intentional programming, research-based curricula, interactive activities and sustained exposure in a girls-only environment. Girls Inc of Pinellas targets both short-term and long-term outcome goals in three focused areas: healthy living, academic enrichment and support, and life skills instruction. For more information please visit thhp://www.girlsinc-pinellas.org
ITWomen, which was founded in 2002 and is based in South Florida, proudly announces our expansion into the Tampa Bay area. The mission of ITWomen is to increase the number of girls and women in the fields of technology and engineering and to provide professional development, student education and scholarships through a supportive network. ITWomen is a not-for-profit organization that is working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. As part of the ITWomen community outreach, the organization has also established the nonprofit ITWomen Charitable Foundation. The ITWomen Charitable Foundation’s college scholarship program supports the mission of ITWomen to increase the number of women earning information technology and engineering degrees. For information on the local Tampa Bay Community, please contact us at
Computer Mentors Group, Inc.
Contact: Ralph Smith, Executive Director
Tel: (813) 417-6132 Fax: (813) 241-4242
Email: Website: http://www.computermentors.org
SOURCE: Girls Inc.
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