Program Educating Young Girls About S.T.E.M. Comes to Sussex County

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Delaware DigiGirlz 2019 will be held for the first time in Sussex County. The State announced that as of today, registration is open for the event held on May 15. It opens the door for girls in the 8th and 9th grades (or Ages 13-15) to explore the possibilities of careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The State says the program is intended to encourage young women to explore the possibilities available in those fields.

DigiGirlz will be held May 15, 2019 at Delaware Tech’s Campus in Georgetown starting at 8:30 a.m. It is free and open to 8th and 9th grade girls (ages 13-15) in Delaware public, private, charter and home schools. Individual students are also encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is mandatory – continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“We are pleased to partner with Delaware Tech and bring DigiGirlz to Sussex County for the very first time,” said Governor John Carney. “Hundreds of Delaware girls have benefitted from this empowering day of interactive STEM sessions and moving the event to the Owens Campus offers new opportunities for young women to Kent and Sussex County.”

“One of the best parts of my job as CIO is introducing STEM opportunities to young people and that’s why I’m fired up that we get to bring Delaware DigiGirlz Day to Sussex County this year,” said Delaware Chief Information Officer James Collins. “With our partners we’re offering girls the chance to participate in hands-on STEM career track activities. From drones and chemistry to cyber security and artificial intelligence, we’ve got tons of stuff for girls to explore and try out for themselves. Our hope is that the seeds will be planted which will result in creating future STEM professionals.”

This year’s DigiGirlz Day features several different career track explorations including: game design, drones, 3D digital art and mixed reality robotic coding. Creating 3D Jewelry, learning about phishing, virtual reality, circuitry, social media and photo/video editing are additional offerings during the event.

DigiGirlz is sponsored by Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information, Microsoft, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington University, University of Delaware, Cyber Streets, and the Delaware Center for Educational Technology.