SFCC Information Technology students led an IT summer camp in June funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Seventy middle school girls participated in the camp, which was taught by six female IT students.
The SFCC students inspired and motivated the girls to pursue their interest in the STEM field of computer technology. Physics Instructor Asa Bradley, principal investigator for the NSF STEM grant states, “Even more fun than watching the middle school girls excel at these tasks was having the opportunity to work with our female IT students here at SFCC. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic they are about their field and how they transferred that enthusiasm to the middle school students during the camp.”
One of those student instructors was Sabrina Hobbs, who first became interested in IT after enrolling in a high school computer class where she was the only female. Her involvement as a student instructor has inspired her to continue her education so she can be an example for younger girls. “Teaching girls at the camp has helped me become more confident and comfortable with my abilities and knowledge and I feel as though I am ready to show employers and co-workers that women are just as capable as anyone else to succeed in this field,” says Hobbs. Sabrina’s advice…“If you are interested in it, then learn about it. The worst that can happen is that you find out you aren’t really interested, and the best that can happen is that you find something you are passionate about.” Hobbs plans to continue her education in computer science/information technology and dreams of someday living and working internationally developing games for a Swedish company.