2011 Systers Pass It On Award Winner
The Digital Stem
Victoria is a sophomore in Columbia Engineering studying Applied Mathematics. As a Google Anita Borg Scholar, she was a computer science apprentice at Google headquarters. Her project, The Digital STEM, hopes to bridge the digital divide between technology and disadvantaged young people who lack even basic access to computers or the Internet. The project will teach girls ages 10-14 how to refurbish used computers, develop a basic website, utilize academic software, and become leaders in their own schools and communities. At the end of the semester, each girl involved in The Digital STEM will receive the computer that she refurbishes. As the cohorts of the program advance in their skills, they learn how to teach and tutor the incoming students.