Bucks County Community College invites girls in grades 6 to 12 to explore computer technology at STEM Girlz/Girls Who Code on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks.
The free event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., begins with a two-hour session on Bloxels, a new type of educational video-game design. Bloxels employs the devices of an animated narrative – character, environment, and trials – and combines them into a video game to design, code, play, share, and collaborate alongside peers. Girls who attend must bring their own WiFi-enabled smartphone or tablet to download the free Bloxels app.
After a brown-bag lunch break, the afternoon consists of a two-hour meeting of Girls Who Code, a club aimed at helping girls explore computer science. At each meeting, a woman who has made a difference in some STEM area will address the students. Members will also work collaboratively to learn coding and plan a project to be completed by the end of the academic year.
Girls Who Code is a national organization with more than 40,000 members that was founded to close the gender gap in the technology field. Its goal is to build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.
Although the October 21 event is free, registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/STEMGirlz. Participants can choose to attend just the morning or afternoon sessions or both. Those attending the entire day must bring a brown-bag lunch.
Bucks County Community College’s Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks is located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa., 19007.