AT&T + GWC = Great Experience for Girls from D.C.
This summer, AT&T hosted 20 young ladies from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia — including 5 from the District of Columbia — for the Girls Who Code (GWC) Summer Immersion Program at the AT&T Forum in Washington, D.C. During the 7-week computer science program, which concluded in early August, female high school students learned more about coding during both classroom sessions and through visits to other technology companies, government agencies and local universities.
In addition to learning from AT&T employees who work in many different organizations within the company — from our recruiting team to Regulatory and Federal Relations to the AT&T Foundries — the students visited the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where they met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Rachael Bender, legal advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai. They also participated in a hackathon and presented their ideas to several members of Congress, including Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Norma Torres (D-CA-35), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7), Linda Sanchez (D-CA-38) and Erik Paulson (R-MN-3).
On Aug. 10, students presented their final projects during a graduation ceremony at the AT&T Forum. NASA’s Chief Information Officer Renee Wynn was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. Wynn reiterated the immense number of opportunities for everyone, particularly young women, in the technology industry and encouraged them to be bold and to put themselves forward for opportunities.
The final projects were very innovative and included:
- Kivy, a choose-your-own-path game, with included mini games, followed the story of a female refugee. Designed to increase awareness of refugee struggles as the global crisis is becoming more and more prevalent.
- NaturalTeas, a website that helps women of all hair textures find different hair styles that interest them and shows women ideas and ways to style hair.
- 50 Cent, a corporation-sponsored charity website that allows consumers to donate to their favorite charities with money that they win through a trivia game matched by corporate businesses.
- Scribo, a robot was modified and programmed by the team. Scribo had a sound sensor which activated a drawing program to write “GWC”!
Other AT&T-supported GWC programs were held this summer in New York City and Seattle.
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