Tecumseh West Learners attend the Digital Divas Conference at EMU

Tecumseh West Learners attend the Digital Divas Conference at EMU

"For every 100 jobs in information technology, information assurance, and cyber security, only 12 are filled by women."

The Digital Divas Conference goal is to connect young women to opportunities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This one-day conference encourages and engages female middle and high school learners in technology careers while giving them an opportunity to meet and network with professors and leanrers.

This year, 25 Tecumseh West learners were selected, based on their career cruising projects, to attend the Digital Divas Conference. These young women attended the day long conference at Eastern Michigan University and heard from speakers Cindy Angiulo, an IT Security Specialist for Mercedes-Benz Financial, and Robin Batten, the Cyber Safety Program Coordinator for Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

Learners were then able to choose from a litany of breakout sessions that fit their career interests. Our learners spent time in Digital Decisions, Discover Bio-Engineering (pictured above), Fashionology, Lighting Strikes STEM, and Made With Code. They learned about cyber safety, designing and building a prosthetic dog leg, designing garments using CAD (computer-aided design) software, robotics, and computer coding.

Principal Thelen, who attended the conference as a chaperone, wants to continue the learning back at Tecumseh West.

"It was a great experience for our girls to learn about different career choices that involve technology. I personally enjoyed learning about technology and fashion design. They used CAD to create patterns and designs ... We are going to incorporate a CAD elective in the next round of scheduling to provide our learners with more opportunities to work with the software."

The Digital Divas Conference began with under 100 attendees, and has grown to over 500 in the past five years. Tecumseh West was the only school in Lenawee County to attend the conference.

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