UAT Professors Present Technology Topics to Local Girl Scout Camp
UAT is doing its part to encourage more females to explore a future in technology. Last week on June 7, UAT kicked off hosting a series of technology-themed workshops for residents of the newly opened Girl Scout camp, the Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain, which opened last April. The Campaign for Girls in Arizona is an effort by Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to achieve better outcomes for Arizona’s girls.
The Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) offers camps for girls in three age groups, which include summer technology classes held at UAT. Some topics that they are learning include coding, game art, science, stage makeup, digital video and business, taught by knowledgeable UAT Professors on our technology-filled campus.
UAT is an advocate for women, especially in STEM degrees, making this collaboration a perfect partnership opportunity in the Phoenix community.
Christina Spicer, GSACPC’s Senior Associate of Fund Development said, “Encouraging young women to explore STEM skills and careers is critical to the development of our workforce. We are so thrilled and fortunate that our new Parsons Leadership Center is right down the street from UAT, as their tech expertise and resources can really help us advance these young ladies. They even supplied the computers for our office!”
Camp Director Crystal Dingott said, “UAT has been instrumental in our first summer of instruction here at Parsons. Almost all of their faculty will be teaching sessions at our camps this year. They have so many knowledgeable staff that are genuinely excited to help our girls learn and lead, the school is an asset to our community.”
UAT’s Provost Dr. David Bolman said, “Girl Scouts of America, especially the Arizona Cactus-Pine organization, have a tradition of guiding young women to be great citizens, great leaders and basically the best humans that they individually can be. Our future is going to be stronger as more and more Girl Scouts enter into technology spaces. Few things cause us more joy than having these young women on campus interacting with technology and experiencing first-hand how these tools expand their thinking and creativity. As a college, we see great potential in these girls who embrace the values that the Girl Scouts of America teach combined with the drive to become future technology creators.”
The Girl Scout camp runs from June 7- July 21, on UAT’s campus located at 2625 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ 85283.
Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is Arizona’s leading organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 20,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona.
Written by Mike Hines
Former journalist and marketing junky, also the Digital Marketing Manager at University of Advancing Technology.