Girls Create with Technology Secures Another Year of Funding

Girls Create with Technology Secures Another Year of Funding

Published: November 2, 2015.

The Lewis University Girls Create with Technology program recently received a $7,500 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to help continue the program this year. Dr. Cindy Howard, associate professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, leads the program, which offers learning experiences in Computer Science to middle school and high school girls.

It is part of a significant effort the Lewis University Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (CaMS) has pursued to increase the number of women in the field. The funds will help pay for materials and for student workers to help run the sessions.

The Caterpillar Foundation provided a grant last year as well. Last year’s grant funded various activities during a four-day summer camp and multiple sessions throughout the school year that provide advanced training in various aspects of computer science.

With Howard’s leadership and vision, CaMS professors and students taught the girls about robotics, programming, web design, and networking. The girls learned how to use computers to control physical devices wirelessly and over a wired connection. Howard taught girls to program robots that they built using Scratch and Python. They also learned how to build a wireless control system for robots using a Raspberry Pi.

“Most importantly, the girls learn that computer science is a creative, immersive, rewarding area of study that spurs innovation that appeals to and serves everyone,” Howard commented.

The Caterpillar Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where their employees live and work around the world. Together with partners, they champion programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs that help people help themselves out of poverty.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. A Master of Science in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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