On October 8th, twenty-five TBLA girls participated in DigiGirlz Day at Microsoft Corporate Office in Chicago. This effort was led by TBLA technology teacher, Sandra Gries. The program was designed to provide middle and high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.
During this extraordinary event, students interacted with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology. The TBLA students also got an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft. During the course of the day, these scholars were given coding training and were allowed to collaborate on a digital project. The girls took part in thought-provoking exercises and Microsoft produce demonstrations.
“It was a great opportunity for our girls to learn about career preparation, information about technology, and business roles in the industry. I was amazed by the way the students took on the computer tasks given to them,” said Leah Hogan, TBLA High School instructional leader who also accompanied the students on the trip. “Discovery learning exposes our students to unlimited possibilities and it gives them ownership of their accomplishments. This is how we make learning relevant.”
It was a full day for the scholars who started promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks were provided courtesy of Microsoft. The trip was made possible by community partners from ECIER.