Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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Today marks the 15th year of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, or Girl Day, a program sponsored by DiscoverE which aims to introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just a day, this is a national movement to show girls how creative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. Girl Day is one of the key events in Engineers Week, an annual event which lasts from February 21 to 27, 2016.

With hundreds of events happening around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with Girl Day. If there isn’t an event near you, you can still participate by doing an engineering activity with your daughter, or work with a local technology or engineering company to set up a visit to your kid’s school.

At Youth Digital, we’re celebrating Girl Day by sharing an interview with one of our awesome girl students, Isabelle S.! Isabelle is 10 years old and an avid Youth Digital student who has created some awesome projects.

Youth Digital: Hi Isabelle! Thanks so much for chatting with us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Isabelle: I’m Isabelle, and I live in Richmond, Virginia. (I’m originally from Texas!)  I am homeschooled and enjoy the arts and math and World History especially. I’ve been on several TV programs and I enjoy doing that as a hobby.

YD: That’s awesome! We saw you on Child Genius – impressive stuff! So tell us about your Youth Digital experience so far!

Isabelle: So far, I’ve taken two Youth Digital courses. I started with Mod Design and I’m now finishing up Server Design.  My next course will be 3D Character Animation. I can’t wait! My favorite thing about Youth Digital courses are that they are FUN!!!  Even though they are challenging and you learn a lot, it doesn’t feel like hard work. Justin, my teacher for Mod Design was very happy to be teaching, he made loads of awful puns (which I loved!), and Aaron, my teacher for Server Design is even a little more silly!  But that’s what makes the courses unique – they are incredibly entertaining!  It does not ever feel like work.

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A mod that Isabelle created using Java programming

YD: We’re so glad to hear that. So, as you know, our Mod Design and Server Design courses teach you how to code. What is your favorite thing that you’ve created with code?

Isabelle:  The coolest thing I’ve learned from a Youth Digital course is how to program my own lookalike character in Minecraft! I actually made it spawn little versions of myself!

YD: So awesome! So now that you love creating, what are you going to make next?

Isabelle: The next thing I’d like to create is my own cartoon once I complete 3D Character Animation. I want to tell my own stories and program them!

YD: We can’t wait to see it! So, besides making awesome creations, what keeps you coming back to Youth Digital courses?

Isabelle: Taking Youth Digital courses has been a fantastic addition to my homeschooling. It’s like having your own personal programming teacher, and it is not at all boring or dull like some of my other courses. Especially the ones my dad teaches.

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YD: Ha! We won’t tell him you said that. But now that you’re a programmer, we bet you have a favorite part of using technology. Can you tell us about it?

Isabelle: Sure! I love so much about technology, from programming my own robots (Lego Mindstorms and Sphero), to creating entire worlds in Minecraft that me and my friends can play on. My Minecraft friends are from all over America, which I think is pretty cool. I can create things and share them with friends everywhere.

YD: We think that’s pretty cool, too. We’ll let you get back to creating now, but is there anything else you want to add?

Isabelle: Yes! Youth Digital is my favorite place to hang out online because it’s available 24/7, I know there will always be a teacher and lesson ready to go. And if I have a problem, someone gets back to me really quickly. So thank you!

YD: We’re thrilled to be your favorite online destination, Isabelle. We’re so proud of you, and all of our students for becoming engineers as early as age 8! Keep up the awesome work, Youth Digitals.

If you’re a Youth Digital student or parent who would like to have your creation featured, please contact Emily.

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