Middle School Teachers, Counselors, and Students
Exploring Computers for Middle School Girls (virtual session)
Friday, May 14, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Middle School girls are invited to explore computers with us during a virtual session. Computers are a big part of our daily lives and bring us enjoyment as we connect with friends, shop online, and more. But do you know that computer careers are one of the fastest-growing careers in Pittsburgh?
Join us to participate in a Zoom session featuring an unplugged activity and breakout groups. You’ll also learn from Pittsburgh Technical College’s Women in STEAM club members about their own journeys towards a computer career.
No computer science experience is needed to attend – just an interest in learning more about computers and exploring your future career options.
We’re celebrating Remake Learning Days Across America with this event and hope you can join us!
To participate fully, the girls will need to have a computer or laptop with a camera, microphone, and internet connection.
The girls will also need during the session:
- crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils in the following colors: red, blue, yellow, green, pink, black
- one dice (such as from a board game)
- a print out of the computational thinking worksheet
We are limiting participation to 30 households, so please sign up early.
Questions? Please email Dana Schultz, Education Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com.Register for Exploring Computers
Pittsburgh Technical College, a non-profit, private institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, offers more than 30 areas of study both on campus and online, including bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Our Women in STEAM club provides opportunities for our female students to come together, share experiences, and give advice about their fields.
Resources for middle school teachers and counselors
Computer Science Enrichment
With Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Academy, we’ll be offering CS0 (CS Zero) as a free, ungraded, virtual enrichment activity this school year.
WHO: 8th graders (or 6th and 7th graders with eighth grade math skills); may especially appeal to students who enjoy math or art.
WHAT: CS0 (CS Zero), an introductory Python class that combines creativity + problem-solving. Please see our CS0 Wakelet for teachers at https://wke.lt/w/s/sJrUt2.
WHEN: CS0 is a 35-hour program that we can break into two sections (such as 15 hours in the fall and 20 hours in the spring, etc.).
WHERE: Virtually – during the school day or after school.
WHY: PDE reports that over the next 10 years, 71% of jobs will require some form of Computer Science skills. As the CS field is under-represented by females and minorities, we hope a variety of students will participate.
HOW: The program is free and browser-supported. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Pittsburgh Technical College is offering free, virtual Girls Who Code clubs for girls in grades 6-12.
No coding experience is required. Girls participate in 10 club meetings that include coding tutorials, career exploration, collaboration, and more!
Option #1 – Your students can join our club – after school on Fridays during the school year or weekdays during the summer.
Option #2 – Your students can attend a club that we host just for girls from your school or site. Time slots are available during the school day, after school, or during the summer.
For more details and a flier for your students, please email Dana Schultz, Education Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com.
STEM Career Exploration
STEM Career Exploration opportunities for grades 5-9 (currently virtual) including the following:
- live Q&A sessions with our faculty and/or industry professionals
- virtual fieldtrips
- and/or brief video conferences
Act 48 workshops
You’ll want to sign up early because these free workshops are popular. Last year, classes included Intro to InDesign, Set Design and Lighting for Live Streaming, and Soup’s On. Want to get on the list to receive details about the next event? Complete the form below.
For general questions or to request an informative kit about PTC, let us know and we’ll get right back to you.
What Sets Us Apart
of PTC’s degree-seeking students experience onsite internships or clinical rotations, or employer partnerships in capstone projects, before they graduate.*
of PTC’s 2019 available graduates are working in-field either full time, part time, or freelance.*
job openings that Career Services made available to students in 2019.
students on average in a classroom. We don’t do impersonal auditorium lectures.
is our hallmark, and it’s why PTC alumni succeed.
is our middle name. Tools, technology, and flexible online learning prepare you for success in the workplace.
*Showcases graduates from 2019 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2019-3/30/2020. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit ptcollege.edu/employmentstats to learn more.