AOIT Girls Win DeVry Competition
DeVry Institute invited high school girls from around the city to participate in "Her World Network" to explore opportunities for women in technology on Friday, May 12. Students from Beach Channel High School's Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) won the "Smart Girl Contest" during the day's activities.
AOIT Coordinator Margaretann Bianculli, Virtual Enterprise Coordinator Frances Shackelford and BCHS Parent Coordinator Leah Chase brought the girls to DeVry's networking event. Beach Channel had the largest group, with 31 participants. Students Lizflor Tejada, Nailah Abdul Mubdi and Jacqueline Espinal brainstormed and presented a plan to show how modern technology can improve upon automobile seat belts.
Students also participated in various workshops, including one where they built a robot. They also heard from women who were successful in the world of technology and overcame many obstacles.
"At the workshop, we learned that women can take advantage of their opportunities if they understand the need to adjust to new challenges and put your mind to it so you can achieve something in the world of men," said students Kashanna Bond, Shantaun Brown, Danica Etinne, and Nyasia Roberts.