Find a Way or Make One (Girls in Tech 2016)

West Career and Technical Academy has always prided itself in its science, technology, engineering, art and math, or STEAM, fields. The school as proved this once again as it hosted Girls in Tech (GIT) for the second year in a row on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.

Approximately two hundred 8th grade girls from four different middle schools in the valley came to West Tech to educate themselves through GIT.

Girls in Tech, a global non-profit organization, is focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. The company was founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne in order to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEAM fields.

The event kicked off with a speech from Sarah Hill. Hill is a cofounder & managing partner of The Mill and the Vegas Tech Fund, two companies that help support startups. She talked about her experience as a woman in the work force and the importance of women becoming involved in the technology industry.

Next, the middle school girls were given the opportunity to participate in several different workshops. They included fields such as graphic design, coding, and many more. These workshops were lead by West Tech’s very own teachers and students.

After a day of learning, the girls were treated to a lunch of Port of Subs sandwiches and chips in the cafeteria.

“I wish my middle school did something like this.” says Isabel Razo, a junior who lead the web design workshop. “It would have introduced me to the different career options that are out there.”

Sarah Hill speaks to the middle school girls participating in Girls in Tech and the high school students leading the workshops taking place later that day.

Photo Credit: Francisco Virella

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