Black Girls Code Robot Expo
Black Girls Code, an organization devoted to showing the world that black girls can code and do so much more, hosted their Robotics Expo at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science on November 21st. Over 100 girls ages 6 to 17 participated in a Robotics Expo where they wrote code to activate robots that performed various tasks including robotic alligators that snapped, and robots that moved across the floor and spoke. Black Girls Code introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls Code has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. Girls grades 2-5 learned to use WeDo which is a learning solution from Lego education. Girls built their own Lego robot and programmed its functions. Older girls used VEX robotics to explore a highly versatile construction system that allow the girls to create based on their imagination. Parents enjoyed a presentation on robotics and programming and the girls who participated in the event had an opportunity at the end to present their finished product. As a STEM focused middle school, the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science was honored to host Black Girls Code and we look forward to our continued partnership.