Tumwater Middle School Student Teaches Scratch Programming at YWCA

Submitted by Smriti Somasundaram for ThinkSTEAM

On December 20, ThinkSTEAM hosted its first workshop on the West Coast. Led by the Washington Student Chapter Lead, Smriti Somasundaram, the organization held their first Scratch programming workshop at the YWCA in downtown Olympia. Smriti is an 8th grader at Tumwater Middle School and hopes to grow the involvement of girls within STEAM fields by presenting opportunities for girls to develop their knowledge.

ThinkSTEAM, founded by Jothi Ramaswamy, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, built around female talent in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. ThinkSTEAM has hosted workshops for girls from all over the US, including Minnesota, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. ThinkSTEAM has held 31 technology workshops in partnership with many organizations and companies encouraging girls to get involved in STEAM fields.

With over 15 girls in attendance, ThinkSTEAM’s Scratch workshop with YWCA was a great success! These young women came from a variety of Scratch backgrounds, from some already having a bit of knowledge to others taking it on for the first time. Nevertheless, these girls learned very quickly and have progressed on their paths to becoming STEM experts in the near future.

For more information, visit the ThinkSTEAM website.

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