Friday, January 21 • 9:30am - 10:00am
“Viva Computing: Science and Technology for Elementary School Children”

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Viva Computing is an after-school program conducted at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club (LBGC) and other locations since 2008, in Lawrence, MA, a city with a large Latino population. The goal of Viva Computing is to engage young Latina girls in technological and computational inquiry, specific uses of computers, their tools and applications. We try to acquaint the girls with technology by engaging them in hands-on day-to-day activities focusing on computer science, engineering, and technology. Our activities explore mathematics, technology, science and problem solving. We expose them to various devices and methods that handle information. We challenge the girls to “invent” applications, to experiment, and to have fun working individually and in groups. We use strategies that have been proven to be successful with a variety of learners. These include (1) focusing on specific themes; (2) mixing art and technology; (3) encouraging storytelling and exploration. The sessions are held after the academic day. To our surprise the girls are very eager and excited to join, stay on and participate. Following the success of “Viva Computing” at the LBGC, our program now includes girls and boys.


Friday January 21, 2011 9:30am - 10:00am
San Antonio Lower Floor

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