DCHA MENU

dcConnectGirls technology club engaged in a STEM Robotics Workshop and learned how to program and fly drones.  

The District of Columbia Housing Authority hosted several girls, ages 11 through 16, from both the housing choice voucher and public housing programs for a day of exploring aerodynamics and computer programming during a Robotics Workshop at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center on October 20.

Led by Kirthi Kumar, NCWIT AspireIT Program Leader, the girls started their day by building three different models of paper planes. While taking turns flying them across the room, they discussed how objects are made to fly and what properties are necessary for good aerodynamics. 

Following the plane activity, they participated in a team building engineering exercise to construct towers out of uncooked spaghetti, marshmallows, and tape. The girls discussed various geometric shapes to create a strong base for a tower and then began construction. 

The day’s learning culminated with the girls programming drone flight patterns. Putting what they learned to use,  they tapped their newly found programming skills to determine whether a drone would fly straight or spin before reaching its final destination.  There was even a precision landing contest.

In addition to the aerodynamics and programming activities, the girls were joined by Louise Peabody, board member of STEM for Her. Ms. Peabody shared her career path in STEM, focusing on the importance of girls in technology. She also shared some STEM-related scholarship resources. 

dcConnectGirls is a program designed to provide an ongoing technology experience that exposes girls to everything from creating web-sites to programming apps, while providing opportunities to explore futures in technology. As part of the local dcConnectHome initiative, DCHA partnered with NCWIT AspireIT and SheSoft, women-owned organizations that work to bridge gender gaps in technology, to create the program.

For more information on future dcConnectHome programs contact DCHA’s Office of Planning at 202-435-3382.

 

pic
pic
pic
pic
pic
Last modified: 10/30/2018 1:08:58 PM