Unique coding camp for girls encourages STEM participation from an early age; attracts attention from Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted’s office
For the third year Muskingum University hosted Sisterhood ReCoded, a free coding camp for girls 10 to 15 years old. The camp, which doubled in participants from 2018, is designed to engage young girls with interactive and fun technology, and allows participants to meet like-minded friends and college mentors who have a passion for technology.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jay Shaffstall and Emily Sink, a computer science major at Muskingum University, guided participants on their projects.
“There are between 20 and 25 percent of those working in the computer science field who are women,” Professor Shaffstall, who has organized Sisterhood ReCoded since 2017, told the camp. “50 percent of technology users are women, so it’s important for women to work in this field.”
Professor Shaffstall explained that one of the main skills of computer coding is the ability to take a complex problem and break it down into manageable pieces. This skill, and other skills participants learned during the camp, are translatable in any field.
During the two-day event, Muskingum University President Susan Hasseler and Bryn Stepp, Southeast Ohio Regional Liaison for Lt.-Gov. Jon Husted visited with campers, fielded questions and encouraged the group to continue learning.
For more information, please visit the organization’s website at sisterhood.zone.
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