Welcomed by Mistresses of Ceremonies: Betty Davis, Chief Certified Meteorologist WPLG TV ABC Affiliate. Ms. Davis earned a B.S. in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English from Spellman College. Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner, Xavier L. Suarez, opened the conference with inspiring words for the attendees. The summa cum laude graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University spoke to the girls about opportunities for women in STEM fields.
AT&T female professionals, Veronica Fernandez, Claudia Garcia and Grace Taco Lasso, addressed the new technologies for communication, its challenges, and presented ways to be socially responsible in the digital world. These professionals shared their career paths and had an open dialogue with the students about digital citizenship.
Elizabeth King of Gerber Technology interviews three young, female Fashion Innovators.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Alicia Abella, inspired the girls with her own journey towards success in a STEM career, including how she overcame obstacles and found mentors and other support to complete her education as well as secure and sustain corporate leadership opportunities in a male-dominated industry. Following her presentation, Commissioner Abella was interviewed by Nadya Areas of MBAF.
Our STeM App Competition was open to girls ages 9 - 13 attending any middle school in Miami Dade County who had a solution to a health related problem experienced by an elderly person in our community. By participating in this competition, all girls won by mastering 21st century skill sets, including the ability to think critically and solve problems, collaborate and be creative. There were two winning teams, both from Hialeah Gardens Middle School. The competition judges were industry professionals from out local tech entrepreneurship ecosystem including Willie Avendano, Co-Founder of Learn 01 and the Wynwood Maker Camp, Luis Martinez, Founder of Stardom Up, Pia and Paula Celestino, Co-Founders of Crea7ive.
CODeLLA Summer Program graduates received their graduation diplomas and Code Studio certificate of completion.
Maria Charters, National Board Certified Teacher of Computer Science, with over 14 years of experience teaching computer science at the high school level and over five years of experience teaching at Florida International University (FIU), introduced Code.org Unplugged Coding Activities.
Joyce L., Davis, M.A, Founder, Executive Director, Pearl Girlz of Dania Beach presented a fully interactive presentation that requires participants to define and identify the three most common types of female aggression that leads to girl bullying. This presentation was conducted with age appropriate video clips demonstrating the harmful effects of girl bullying. The participants learned and applied effective communication skills from a toolbox of options that will help them to be assertive instead of aggressive when standing up for themselves and others when facing bullying situations.
First year of her doctorate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studies Aerospace Engineering, specifically focused in Astrodynamics, Marielle presented “A Roundabout Way to Mars”. Students explored orbit transfers and specifically Hohmann transfers. They investigated the orbits of Earth and Mars using cardboard and string. Students learned about plants orbits around the sun and about a transfer orbit from one from planet to the other. This workshop met next generation science standards: Science and Common Core State Standards Math.
Felicia Hatcher presented the closing keynote on “Being an EPIC Entrepreneur”.
Local maker and educational organizations including Learn 01, Moonlighter Makerspace, and DesignLab Miami offered interactive experiences for the girls. Computer Science and Engineering students from University of Miami, Florida International University, and Barry University exhibited their student projects.