What's For Girls By Girls?
For Girls, By Girls aims to lift girls' and young women's voices to show them that CS and tech are accessible no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their passions are. We invite ALL girls to chat with Nyla and Tera to discuss the intersectionality of computer science with design, fashion, music, art, and how to use CS for Good.
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For Girls By Girls Heroes
October 24, 2022 - Alekhya Buragadda, is a current junior in South Fayette High School. She began coding when she was in third grade. She was able to become a certified game developer and also build various games. Upon entering high school, she became aware of a completely new field: biology. This field was very enthralling, and she hopes to combine both her passions for technology and new interest for biology throughout her future endeavors.
June 27, 2022-Sierra McFarland will be a freshman at Red Bank High School in Tennessee this fall. Sierra just finished 8th grade at Hunter Middle School, earning straight A's with the highest academic average and receiving the Award of Excellence. At HMS, Sierra was a member of Gig City Girls (a girls coding club) and competed in the Lego League Robotics Competition last fall. Sierra is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and Girl Scouts and plays the trumpet in concert and jazz bands. Sierra dances ballet, runs cross country, and performs with the handbell ensemble at church. When she is not busy with other activities, some of the things Sierra enjoys are biking, hiking, reading, drawing, painting, crafting, coding, and watching anime.
May 23, 2022 - Madalyn Nguyen is a senior at Poway High School, an aspiring engineer, STEM Diversity Advocate, and FIRST Robotics fanatic. She founded and led the Society of Women Engineers and National Center for Women and Information Technology clubs at her school in 2018 and has earned numerous awards over the years. She recently won the ABC 10News Leadership Award, finalist for the Women of Influence NextGen Award, and was nominated for San Diego County 25 Remarkable Teens. Madalyn is currently an intern at Northrup Grumman and continues to compete in robotics competitions across the nation.
April 25, 2022 - Tania Mishra is a graduate of Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin, and she will be attending college next fall. She has won multiple awards at ProjectCSGirls and Intel ISEF-affiliated science and engineering fairs. Tania previously interned at Northwestern Mutual, working on a web application and a Shift-Left training curriculum. She has also interned in the mainframe space. Since the beginning of 2020, Tania has been developing her non-profit organization, Divas in Technology, with the help of MSOE. Through this organization, Tania aims to provide resources to girls interested in tech at a younger age, helping to lead more girls into the path of computer science.
Madison, Morgan, and McKenzie
April 10, 2022 - When they're not earning badges with the Girls Scouts for coding or community service, Madison, Morgan, and McKenzie individually enjoy swimming, reading, anime, coding, and more.
Nina and Sofia
March 21, 2002 - Nina Rawal is a junior at Xavier College Preparatory and co-chair of Girls Have IT Day, outreach officer of her school's mock trial team, and part of the diversity club.
Sofia Nagaraj is a senior at Xavier College Preparatory and is co-chair of Girls Have IT Day, outreach leader of her school's Robotics team, and co-president of Xavier's calculus club.
February 22, 2022 - Varija Mehta is a junior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. She's passionate about cybersecurity and a strong advocate for gender equality in the field of STEM. Varija has achieved accolades in cybersecurity and tries to learn as many technical skills as possible. She wants to pursue computer science and cybersecurity in college and connect with as many people as she can. You can find her on Instagram at @Varija.me and connect with her organization, Cyber Shields, on Instagram at @cyber_shields.
January 24, 2022 - Izzy Lapidus is a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in Computing, Design, and Pedagogy, a special major she created herself. At Barnard, she works in the Community Engagement & Inclusion office and the Admissions office and is also involved in several tech and entrepreneurship clubs. Outside of Barnard, Izzy works at Kode With Klossy—a nonprofit that awards girls and nonbinary students ages 13-18 scholarships to learn how to code—as a Community Ambassador and incoming Content Creator. She is also an experienced public speaker, sharing her STEM story with 60+ organizations in the past year and a half. Izzy is passionate about re-imagining the perception of STEM by designing inclusive and equitable computer science learning environments and communities. You can find her on social media (@izzylapidus) sharing her experience as a Barnard student and proud #womaninstem.
Meet our co-hosts!
Hi, I'm Nyla. I was born in Columbia, Maryland, Howard county. I have many hobbies, like drawing anime and playing on the Nintendo Switch. One fun fact about me is that I can double joint some of my body parts. I am part Puerto Rican, Trinidadian, Irish, and Blackfoot Indian. This year I will be starting 9th grade as a freshman in September. When I'm older, I would love to be an Olympic swimmer. The book that I am currently reading is "The Other Wes Moore." My favorite type of food is Japanese cuisine. The places that I want to visit are Tokyo, Japan, and Kyoto, Japan. This is a short autobiography about me, but there is so much more to learn and discover!
Hi, my name is Tera. I was born in Howard County, Maryland. I'm part Puerto Rican, Trinidadian, Irish, and Blackfoot Indian! An interesting fact about me is that I started walking at 10 months old! Love the color teal or any light shades of blue. I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (do you know I'm team Gryffindor? Who are you?). I'm 11 years old, going into 6th grade starting a new school year in Pennsylvania. I also like to play Roblox with my friends. Some of my hobbies are swimming, drawing, baking/cooking, chess, Lego's and many more! I'm developing an interest in being a mechanical Engineer. This is Tera signing out ^^Stay Safe!!^^
Calling All Girls!
Have a coding story to share? Our two young co-hosts, Nyla and Tera, are calling all girls in STEM and beyond to join them for a Zoom chat to share stories and remarkable experiences together.
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Supported by NCWIT
|The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the farthest-reaching network of change leaders focused on advancing innovation by correcting underrepresentation in computing. NCWIT Aspirations in Computing changes what’s possible for women in technology from K-12 through career by offering the kind of encouragement that combats isolation, enables long-term persistence, opens doors, and changes lives. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.