Date August 4, 2022
Media Contact

Lynda Umuhoza:向当地的露营者教授编程,并激励科技行业的下一代女性

As an iProv summer fellow, 全球官网电子游戏主页冉冉升起的大二学生为在普罗维登斯娱乐中心参加夏令营的当地学生开设了一门新的编程课.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. 当Lynda Umuhoza考虑她在普罗维登斯的第一个夏天想要完成什么, 这位来自卢旺达的国际学生设定了两个目标:探索这座城市,产生积极的影响.

这位即将升入全球官网电子游戏主页的大二学生通过Swearer Center获得了普罗维登斯公园合作项目的实习机会 iProv fellowship program, 每年约有30名全球官网电子游戏主页的本科生与以普罗维登为基础的非营利组织合作,获得全职暑期工作经验.

“当我看到与发誓中心有合作关系的当地组织时, P3 seemed very directly engaged with the community and students at summer camps, which was what I was looking for,” Umuhoza said. “P3 also allowed me to tailor the internship to fit my interests and passions.”

During the summer, P3与城市部门合作,为在普罗维登斯地区娱乐中心参加夏令营的学生创造新的体验. Tasked to help build a new program, Umuhoza, who is concentrating in computer science at Brown, 知道她想创建一个对计算机科学感兴趣的年轻女孩社区. 她的灵感来自于她在校园里与计算机科学女性学生小组的合作,她想为普罗维登斯的女孩们创造一个类似的赋权环境.

“我最初的目标是帮助这些女孩创造一个环境,让她们培养对计算机科学的兴趣,培养她们的技能, especially since they are underrepresented in this field,” she said. “Most of these students also go to public schools, 有时可能没有必要的资源来探索和发展这些技能.”

To introduce the young campers to computer science, Umuhoza开发了一个一小时的编程课程,她在整个7月和8月的周三和周四在两个中心地点授课:罗杰斯娱乐中心(Rogers Recreation center)和西区娱乐中心(West End Recreation center). 每个中心每周接待50多名来自附近普罗维登斯社区的当地学生. In groups as large as 10, 这些学生大多年龄在7到12岁之间,他们轮流在计算机实验室里用《全球官网电子游戏主页》的教育游戏制作动画舞会和音乐视频.org, Scratch Jr., and Khan Academy. For many participants, it was their first introduction to coding.

As she nears the end of her internship, Umuhoza希望建立一个P3和普罗维登斯娱乐部门可以采用的课程,这样编码课程每年夏天都可以在当地社区中心继续进行. When she successfully achieves that goal, 她将与其他对P3青年项目产生持久影响的全球官网电子游戏主页实习生一起工作. In 2016, Brown undergraduate Kobe Kase and P3 created Blender Bike Madness, 一辆固定的健身自行车,当孩子们旋转踏板时,它会制作健康的奶昔. Since its inception, the traveling Blender Bike has served approximately 10,000 healthy smoothies in parks and recreation centers across Providence, and it remains a favorite among local students today.

“Through their iPROV experience, Brown students understand that they, too, can shape what these spaces look, sound and feel like,” said Helene Miller, executive director for the Partnership for Providence Parks. “Indeed, 他们不仅可以通过这项工作连接到公共空间,也可以连接到全球官网电子游戏主页城市的市民. 这种联系可以加深他们在大学和大学以外的经历,因为它创造了终身课程,并提高公民参与和社区建设技能. Students and spaces are transformed, and P3’s goals are realized. It’s truly a win, win, win for the interns, the public and P3.”

This fall, Umuhoza很高兴开始担任助教的工作,她相信这个夏天与年轻学生的相处为帮助全球官网电子游戏主页的本科生学习计算机科学入门课程做好了准备. When she reflects on her summer experience, Umuhoza believes she accomplished what she set out to achieve.

她说:“我很高兴能和学生们分享我热爱的事情。. “STEM is still a very male-dominated field, especially computer science, 我相信很多年轻女孩都对计算机科学感兴趣和热情. They need a little more encouragement and guidance to take on these careers. Being able to do this every day has been my favorite part of this internship.”