Kane Education Foundation (KEF) sponsored over 35 Kane County girls to attend a Girls Go Digital Day Camp held June 25-28, at the Kanab Middle School. Last year, the Foundation sponsored six girls to attend the camp in St. George. There was so much interest in the camp that the school district worked with Dixie State University to bring the camp to Kanab, and the foundation provided the resources and staffing.

Kane County girls spent the week learning how to hack, design, code and make, using technology and computer science. They were divided into groups based on age and had the opportunity to work with robots, binary code, micro controllers, and circuits.

One of their favorite activities was a using an iPad app to program a set of robots named Dash and Dot to perform functions, follow an obstacle course, and interact with each other. Another favorite activity was coding bracelets.

There was also computer programming, digital photography, e-textiles, web design and soldering skills to be learned, among many others. It was truly impressive to see and hear about the activities they participated in.

The final day of camp included a pizza party and opportunities to show parents the skills they learned. If you are interested in learning more or getting activities and kits for your child, you can visit www.GirlsGoDigital.com.

One of KEF’s focus areas is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and these subjects require skills that are critical when competing for 21st century jobs. Like many districts, Kane County is trying to increase the aptitude and interest for STEM, and KEF is committed to support the district in this endeavor by providing accessibility to programs like Girls Go Digital.

Kane Education Foundation’s leader for the STEM focus area, Angie Embree, states, “Women are dramatically underrepresented in STEM fields and this was a great opportunity for girls to get exposure to career options they might not otherwise be exposed to.”

To learn more about our STEM and the Foundation’s other exciting programs and to find out how you can help, please visit our website at www.kaneeducationfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for important updates and information about our programs. Your help is needed!