My experience assisting at the DigiGirlz Day at the University at Albany!
I was impressed at the number of girls that attended Microsoft’s YouthSpark program, DigiGirlz, at our downtown campus at the University of Albany and the intelligence and perseverance they had. This program gives high school girls opportunities to connect with Microsoft employees, learning about the careers in technology and being able to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops like the one we held at the downtown campus.
In assisting with the Social Robotics Workshop led by Nick Webb, Robotics Professor at Union College, I found that working with the high school girls, even though we only had time for 45 minute sessions, is very rewarding. I enjoy working with all the age groups, and have enjoyed all the workshops that I have assisted in, but these high school girls were all truly interested in what was going on in the workshop so it would have really been nice to have more time for them in these workshop sessions.
Most of the sessions that I have assisted with only about 2/3 of the participants were truly interested, on average; which took away from the students who were truly interested in the workshops. The only other workshop that was as enthusiastic as this one, was one of the sessions led by Dr. Jennifer Goodall, of our College of Computing and Information Department that was held during UAlbany Day at the Empire State Plaza.
I was happy to be a part of DigiGirlz and hope to assist with this next year!
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Dianna Higginbotham received her AAS in Human Services at Hudson Valley Community College in Spring 2004. She is now a Senior at S.U.N.Y. Albany, majoring in Information Science and minoring in Theatre and will graduate in May, 2013. She is a member of CCIWIT, CCI, ACM and is a workshop assistant for the Social Robotics workshops that are a part of the College of Computing & Information initiated by Dr. Jennifer Goodall.