She Innovates Tech Miami 2019
Be Informed, Be Inspired, Be Ready
The 3th annual She Tech Miami, a collaboration between CODELLA and The IDEA CENTER at Miami Dade College, inspired over 500 underserved girls from Title 1 schools in Miami Dade County who attended three separate SHE TECH TALKS events held on January 25th and 26th 2019. The students, between the ages of 9-17, heard from two distinguished Latina women in STEM fields, Beatris Mendez Gandica, Program Manager at Microsoft, and Margaret Dominguez, a TECNOLOchicas 3.0 and an Optical Engineer at NASA Goddard. Ms. Mendez Gandica and Ms. Dominguez engaged the students through interactive sessions focused on their personal journeys towards success in STEM, how to navigate their careers, securing mentorship and showed the girls what their jobs looked like.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)’s Jannie Fernandez, Director K-12 Alliance and TECHNOLOchicas, spoke about the extraordinary offerings and opportunities NCWIT and TECHNOLOchicas provide young women to learn, connect and secure awards for excellence in their STEM studies and scholarships. Nelson Milian, Founder of 01, immersed the girls in AR and VR experiences and activities. Rory Cosio, CODeLLA student founder conducted and produced 2 podcasts with Ms. Mendes Gandica and Ms. Dominguez. We taped five SHE TECH TALKS in English and Spanish. We also produced three short interview sessions. The girls were fortunate to hear from Dr Lupe Ferran Diaz, Executive Director of the Department of Career and Technical Education of Miami Dade County Public Schools. Codella.org is very grateful to Dr, Diaz for coming to our event. They participated in a number of activities including making binary bracelets and experiencing VR with Microsoft. We are grateful to our underwriters and partners.
Over 200 female students at South Miami Senior High School were inspired and championed by our speakers. Anita Scott. Hialeah Gardens Middle School Business Education Teacher and FBLA advisor stated: about our in person event, “Over 200 female Coding and Microsoft Imagine Academy students at Hialeah Gardens Middle School got to see firsthand fellow Latina women who are making their mark in STEAM careers. Ms. Mendez Gandica encouraged the students to "Rewrite the rules of the world." through the pursuit of careers in technology. Ms. Dominguez shared lessons learned which included, “Take risks, Get involved and do something for others, Be nice, and Read, learn and be on the lookout!” as well as her personal definition of luck, “Luck: is the intersection of opportunity and preparation” As the presentation came to a close, spirits and optimism about their future were soaring as evidenced by the students eagerness to ask questions of and take pictures with their new-found female heroes.”