GEAR UP students at Mario Umana Academy in East Boston have been busy visiting high schools and colleges, and learning about different majors and careers. A special emphasis has been put on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that encourage students to consider opportunities in research, web development and more.
Girls Who Code is a program that works to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By engaging engineers, developers, executives, and entrepreneurs to teach and motivate the next generation, GEAR UP works collaboratively with volunteers to host a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure at Umana. This year, the Girls Who Code After School program took a field trip to Google offices in Cambridge, MA. The girls toured the facility, getting a first-hand look into how coding can change their lives.
Seventh graders were also given the opportunity to visit the KOCH Cancer Insitute and Massachusetts Insititute of Technology. Umana students met researchers who work every day to solve the cancer problem, and engaged with interactivities to learn about the science and technology of cancer research. While on site, students also toured the campus and learned about the admissions process.