HMS Donates $20,000 to Girlstart
Girlstart hosts camps and educational programs designed to motivate girls to pursue careers in the sciences. The organization has chapters and camps throughout the
HMS’ donation will provide science kits to girls participating in the group’s month-long virtual summer camps. The crown jewel of the kits is an Ozobot, a miniature computer resembling Star Wars’ R2-D2, which can be programmed to do numerous tasks. These Ozobots will introduce girls to computer programming through fun projects and experiments.
“HMS is proud to be a part of this important initiative,” said
HMS’ donation will enable 233 girls in
“We are beyond delighted with HMS’ generosity and foresight,” said
This year’s coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on Girlstart summer camps, which were transformed into ‘virtual’ off-sight workshops in a matter of days.
A day in the life of the typical ‘virtual’ camp-goer includes learning about a science ‘word of the day,’ participating in a scientific experiment and hearing a lecture from a prominent woman scientist, engineer or astronaut.
“The program works because it is both challenging and fun,” said Hudgins. For instance, the girls were challenged to program their Ozobots to traverse a course littered with moon rocks. For every failure, participants needed to reprogram their Ozobots.
“It is easy to imagine these ‘explorers’ will one day be employing similar technologies to plot a course on Mars,” predicts Hudgins.
Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.
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Source: HMS Holdings Corp