Program introduces Lumbee girls to IT world

December 3, 2019

Program introduces Lumbee girls to IT world

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PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is building awareness and interest in STEM for young females in Pembroke’s local American Indian community. In collaboration with the Lumbee Tribe and local Boys and Girls Club, UNCP established a Girls Who Code program in Pembroke earlier this year to help middle school girls from the Lumbee Tribe learn computer coding skills and connect with female mentors working in the technology field. “As a woman and Lumbee working in the technology field, I’ve seen firsthand the lack of women in the technology field — especially in our rural community,” said Kindra Locklear, IT Portfolio coordinator at UNCP. “I wanted to provide an opportunity for the youth in our community to explore the technology field, foster their skills and help prepare them for a future in STEM.” Designed to foster creativity, innovation and sisterhood, the 10-week program includes weekly coding sessions, mentorship from women in the technology field and a collaborative impact project that challenges the girls to use their new computer science skills to solve a real-world problem. For the first session, the girls wanted to tackle a major issue in their local community, so they built a website that provides local mental health resources. At the conclusion of this pilot session, the Pembroke chapter of Girls Who Code gave the girls a coding robot to help them continue to strengthen their coding and problem-solving skills. “One of my favorite things about the program is that it’s empowering to […]

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Owen Herne
Attorney, Herne Law, PLLC

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