By: Courtney Widman Friday August 21, 2015 On June 15 and 17, the iMacs in classroom 2010 in the William Johnston building were at full capacity. Over 60 Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle were eagerly clicking their mice and typing at their keyboards while learning about game design and basic coding skills at the “STEM at FSU” Workshops. Multiple student organizations were involved in the workshop including the FITC Student Ambassadors, CCI students involved in IT Leadership, COG (Community Outreach Group). The organizations banded together to teach the girls about game design, coding, and HTML while using a variety of pedagogical tools ranging from GameMaker, Code.org, and code blocks.
Amy Jones, Membership and Community Development Manager at the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle GSCFP, Inc. experienced the passion Student Ambassadors bring to teaching other students. “The entire team exudes confidence…” Mrs. Jones noted. “Each member seeks to understand how our girls learn and uses that information to ensure they get the most from their experience. It is such a breath of fresh air to see our future leaders take on such tasks while acting as consummate professionals,” she said. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.2 million U.S. computing-related job openings by 2022. In 2014, only 26% of the computing workforce consisted of women. Joey Cardenas (STARS student, IT Major, FITC Ambassador) has participated in dozens of workshops and events similar to the “STEM at FSU” workshop with the Girl Scouts. According to Joey, “teaching HTML and basic coding to the Girl Scouts such as was a fun experience.” He loved seeing the girl use the simple tools the Ambassadors taught them to create their own works. “I enjoyed encouraging the Girl Scouts to think past the conventional lessons and make their own experience.” Since its inception in June 2014, over 60 FSU and FAMU students have become FITC Ambassadors. Several of our Ambassador alumni were employed upon graduation at General Motors, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG, Grey Advertising, and other companies.
The entire team exudes confidence…Each member seeks to understand how our girls learn and uses that information to ensure they get the most from their experience. Amy Jones, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle GSCFP, Inc.