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gEECS hosts high school students at {Girls Code}

Called {Girls Code}, the workshop taught the girls the basics of Arduino—open-source electronics prototyping platform.

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On Sunday, April 13, Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th – 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for an Arduino Workshop on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software that can be used to create interactive objects or environments.

Called {Girls Code}, the workshop taught the girls the basics of Arduino. The girls hooked up LEDs, potentiometers, and a speaker to a breadboard and an Arduino. They were able to experiment with different combinations of circuits and to make tweaks in the Arduino code. One group was able to adjust their Arduino code to make the speaker beep once every second. Upon completion of the workshop, the girls left with an increased knowledge of circuits, programming, and microcontrollers.

gEECS saw great success through this outreach event and is looking forward to future opportunities to showcase the opportunities available through EECS for the next generation of aspiring women engineers.

gEECS is a student-run organization that is dedicated to encouraging the professional, academic, and social development of women in technology-related fields of study. Through a variety of social and professional events, they hope to contribute to an increase of women in EECS.

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