25 Girls Coding, Photography, and Collaboration
This April vacation, RedHat Software, in partnership with Boston University, Boston After School & Beyond, and Sociedad Latina, transformed City Hall Plaza into a high-tech STEAM learning lab for 25 girls from the Timilty Middle School and the Mario Umana Academy, that participate in Sociedad Latina's STEAM Team. During Co.Lab, students learned the basics of computer programming and the importance of teamwork, creativity, and collaboration in the open-source tech world.
Over the course of this three day learning experience, students built digital cameras using Raspberry Pi computers, explored Boston through photography, and worked together to curate a visual setting of Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickenson.
Co.Lab also provided students with opportunities to connect with female mentors from RedHat, Boston University, and CTP. By working alongside these role-models, students practiced important concepts in coding and photography and learned about the steps these women took to become STEAM professionals.
Following Co.Lab, participating students took home their Raspberry Pi computers, Pi-Top Ceed monitors, and camera components. These tools, coupled with the knowledge and experience gained during Co.Lab, will allow students to continue pursuing coding projects beyond this three-day learning experience.
Co.Lab provided an opportunity for middle school girls to learn coding through an interactive, creative, and collaborative project and connect with role-models. Through this project, students developed an interest in STEAM that will guide them towards pursuing STEAM in college and careers. Special thanks to RedHat Software, Boston University, Sociedad Latina, and CTP for making this event possible.