My friend David Miller is looking for instructors to help out with the Newton Girls who Code club. Here's an announcement, please connect with him if you're interested.
They visited Harvard last week -- David gave me permission to post his description of the visit. It seemed like a well-organized event -- thanks to the Harvard Women in Computer Science group for putting it together.
Last Friday, the Newton Girls Who Code club was welcomed by the Harvard Women in Computer Science at Harvard's Maxwell-Dworkin Laboratory. The students learned about the joint Harvard-MIT Robot Soccer team
from the mechanics tech lead, Harvard junior Kate Donahue. She showed
us last years fleet of robots (named after Greek and Roman gods), and
described their work on preparing this years fleet (to be named after
Harry Potter characters). Kate emphasized the interplay between computer
vision, artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, and
distributed systems. Many of the robot parts are 3D printed -- a
technology that the Newton GWC students will become more familiar with
this fall as we integrate the Newton Library's 3D printer into the GWC
the robots demonstration, the students took part in a Q+A
discussion with Harvard WiCS undergrads Hana Kim, Ann Hwang, and Adesola
Sanusi. Our students asked great questions about our hosts' motivation
and history with coding, the mechanics of being a college CS major, the
role of gender in the CS community, the connections between computer
science and other fields, and our hosts' vision for the future of
computing. The WiCS undergrads are excellent role models and were
enormously encouraging. They pronounced our students more than ready to
take Harvard's most popular course, Introduction to Computer Science, and recommended they try out the free, online, EdX version today. It was an exhilarating afternoon!