Twenty-eight teenage girls from seven countries in North Africa and the Middle East visited Virginia Tech to participate in a coding camp as a part of a three-week exchange program called TechGirls.
TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed and implemented by Legacy International in partnership with the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech. It’s designed to inspire and empower girls ages 15-17 to pursue skills in technology through hands-on development. This year’s group of girls were selected from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia.
For part of the program, the young women stayed at Virginia Tech to participate in a week-long coding camp. Each day consisted of instruction, hands-on application, and time to explore/apply individual touches to their projects. The topics included 2-D animated worlds, 2-D games, image transformations, and creating Android apps. At the end of the seven days, the girls developed an app.
On the last two days of their stay at Virginia Tech, the girls toured various areas of campus for seminars and sessions. They also participated in a day of job shadowing with top tech companies in the Washington, D.C., area.
TechGirls began in June 2012. Since then, 130 teenage girls have participated in the program and have trained more than 2,300 peers at home.
Photos by Logan Wallace and Olivia Coleman
Video by Olivia Coleman