On Tuesday, November 13, Loyola Academy’s Women in STEM student club hosted its inaugural Girl Scout STEM Workshop for 26 Girl Scouts, ages six to eleven, from St. Joseph School in Wilmette.
“We decided to organize a STEM workshop for younger girls because statistics show that if you reach girls at a younger age, they are more likely to develop an interest in a STEM related field,” explains Computer Science teacher Anita Debarlaben, who also moderates Loyola’s new Women in STEM Club.
Activities were organized by stations that align with the requirements needed for the girls to earn their STEM badges. Lead by current Loyola Academy students, the scouts learned about cybersecurity, specifically Caesar cipher, which is similar to what is used to encrypt messages sent between computers; ASCII code, a standard language of 0s and 1s that programs computers; and algorithms, sets of rules governing a computer's calculations. Hands-on work with origami boxes and 3x3 wooden blocks enhanced the activities with an interactive and fun element.
After they had completed the stations, the girls enjoyed a pizza dinner, mini cupcakes and refreshments.
Loyola’s Women in STEM club includes the following Ramblers: Courtney Carreira ’19, Ardyn Chin ’22, Amelia Dorgan ’22, Victoria Gapp ’19, Lauren Hering ’20, Hermella Tewondros ’22 and Allison White ’19. They meet on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. in room 128. For more information, contact Mrs. Anita Debarleben at firstname.lastname@example.org.