In November I didn’t know anything about Expand Your Horizons, an organization whose mission statement is “Inspiring girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)”. At the end of January a group of us spent a delightful Saturday morning teaching girls about Scratch, a visual programming language developed by MIT to be a gateway to learning programming. What happened in between is the magic that happens in coworking spaces. Quiet conversations between people who are involved in activities as diverse as building video courses to teach website design to engineering devices to make life more accessible for the handicapped. Conversations about helping out with a project to give girls exposure to science, technology and more choices in careers. I would never have volunteered on my own, but with a team of three other dynamic women it was a no brainer to do this, and watching bright young minds figure things out was so inspiring. So, thanks coworking! 🙂
You can read about the conference in the Albuquerque Journal: http://www.abqjournal.com/347367/news/girls-get-exposed-to-science.html Our class was the Game Design Workshop.