On April 19, 2020, the All Girls STEM Society held a Probability and Prediction Workshop. Led by Maggie, Lindsay, and Cindy, over 45 girls from grades 5-8 gathered on the online video conferencing platform Zoom. In the workshop, girls were introduced to the basics of probability and how it was applicable to their real lives. However, not gambling! Maggie emphasized, “We are not teaching you to gamble because gambling is bad!”
On February 23, 2020, the All Girls STEM Society hosted the Scratch Programming workshop led by Audrey and Kira at the Mission Valley Public Library. In this workshop, girls learned about the basics of computer programming and got the chance to experience coding with Scratch. Scratch is a block-interface programming language, in which users can create algorithms for the cat to preform such as gliding, disappearing, spinning, or obtaining user input.
When the girls first arrived, they worked on binary-code word puzzles. In their words, they were excited to “learn new things” and “explore the new website.” Audrey and Kira opened the workshop with the definition and history of computer science including the inspiring Grace Hopper, also known as the “Queen of Code.”
On January 26, 2020, the All Girls STEM Society hosted a neuroscience workshop at the Mission Valley Public Library with over 50 young girls in attendance. In this workshop, led by co-president Amanda Tran, girls learned about the different parts and functions of the human brain.
On November 16th, All Girls STEM Society and FTC Robotics team, The Clueless, hosted the Lego Mindstorms Workshop. Throughout the workshop, the girls explored a variety of topics ranging from coding and building to core values.
The workshop began with an introduction by co-presidents Amanda and Emma who then handed things off to Emily and she began with an introduction to robots and their complex components and parts. When asked to define a robot, one girl said, "Something that is programmed to perform actions.” Emily further added that a robot “uses its surroundings and carries out tasks according to instructions with certain autonomy.”
Emily then compared different robot parts to parts of the human brain. She explained that robots, like people, require brains to guide their movements and sensors to detect their surroundings. She says, “Motors tell us what goes on in our world. They are like our eyes or our skin, without them we wouldn’t know what’s going on in the world.” She emphasized an important goal to keep in mind when designing a robot: it should be “simple, sturdy, reliable, and easy to replicate and for less to go wrong.”
On Sunday, October 27, over 50 girls attended the All Girls STEM Society’s first Logic Workshop at Mission Valley Public Library. This workshop, created by Emma, Mira, and Clare, challenged the girls with many fun hands-on puzzles and kept the girls active and engaged.
On September 15, 2019, 50 girls gathered at Mission Valley Public Library to attend the All Girls Stem Society Biology Workshop. The Director of Digital Media, Nadia Bitar, describes the workshops as “empowering” and inspires them to “go against the stereotypes and the pressures of society to not be involved in STEM .” Two of the workshop’s participants, Mayen and Madison called this a “fun experience” and “amazing for girls.”
On Sunday, August 25, the All Girls STEM Society taught the chemistry workshop at the Mission Valley Public Library to about 50 girls. Among them was Lauren, who has been to numerous AGSS workshops before and says they’re always fun. “I like that there’s all girls here,” she laughed, “ because a lot of the time I’ll go to things like this and there are almost none!” Bela said of previous workshops, “I’ve only been to one of these before but I’m really excited for this one. They’re always interactive.”
San Diego's 2019 All Girls Math Tournament @ San Diego was held on April 14th, 2019. It was great for all of us to see you guys and we hope to see all of you again next year, whether it be as returning contestants or volunteers. We loved being able to meet our city's rising math stars! We also hope you enjoyed coming here and doing the problems... and having a little bit competitive fun. :) All of you girls deserve a huge CONGRATS for trying your best and tackling these difficult problems. You were so great to work with and we couldn't have run such a smooth tournament if it hadn't been for how respectful and patient you were with us. We thought these problems were pretty darn hard ourselves and we're amazed you guys - all of you! - did so well. We're waiting to see your faces again, whether it be at MathCounts, Math Prize for Girls, or the AMC 10/12.
By Danica Chen, Del Norte High School
On the 27th of January All Girls STEM Society debuted its new Neuroscience Workshop at the Mission Valley Public Library, teaching the anatomy and function of the human brain to over 40 young girls from a variety of districts around San Diego.
“I’ve been to a bunch of these events, it helps me learn about science and engineering,” Grace R. tells me before the workshop begins, as participants start to stream in and get to know each other. “Math and science are my favorite subjects at school, so this helps me with that."