“I want girls to know computer science can be fun and exciting,” said Talazia. “It allows you to use your creativity. It also provides many career options in science and in other fields.”
Many people don’t realize computer science is more than sitting in front of a computer she said. It’s versatile and applicable to many fields like marketing, finance and retail. What she most enjoyed was creating games, writing code and using a variety of software applications. She also developed skills in solving problems, logical thinking, writing, research and planning.
Talazia is sharing her expertise thanks to the recognition she received from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) this year. As the national runner up winner in the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which acknowledges young women for their outstanding aptitude in computing and technology, she was eligible to write a grant to conduct her summer camp. She was awarded $2,000.
“I had never written a grant before,” said Talazia. “I made sure to include a detailed explanation of my idea and how it would positively impact females.”
The grant funds helped with recruitment materials, t-shirts, bags and scholarships.
During the week, camp participants will meet other tech-minded girls while learning the basics of computing. In addition, they will participate in a career discovery day and hear guest speakers from Central Piedmont Community College and IT-ology.
Each girl will be asked to develop a health and fitness game or app. On the last day of the camp, they will present their projects to a panel of judges who will award scholarships to the top three winners.