YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Four years ago, Jothi Ramaswamy heard something that made her jaw drop: Her brother’s college computer coding class had 33 boys and zero girls.
This startling statistic prompted the now Lakeland High School senior to launch ThinkSTEAM, a non-profit organization that offers free technology workshops for girls and seeks to integrate arts with traditional STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math).
On Saturday, March 23, the organization hosted its second annual Hudson Valley All Girls STEAM-a-Thon at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.
There, 70 girls took part in four hour-long workshops on drones, making slime and bath bombs, algorithms and technology, and creating sodas.
Thanks to organizations like hers, Ramaswamy feels like the tide is finally starting to turn.
“I feel that with different programs like ThinkSTEAM as well as many others, we are able to inspire girls and motivate them to want to learn more about computer science and different STEAM programs,” she said.