GET began as a project designed by Barbara Miner, PhD. As an SVP Encore Fellow with Saturday Academy, Dr. Miner noticed that girls participation in computer programming classes at Saturday Academy was low. A professional engineer working at Intel for 25-years, she knew that there is a huge need for women in the field. In the interest of inspiring young girls to develop and continue their interest in programming and technology through high school, college and beyond, she partnered with the Girl Scouts and created GET.
The pilot program was funded by Subaru of America Foundation, Inc., Saturday Academy brought the curriculum, the computers and the expertise to the Girl Scout troops.
Out pilot program ran in spring 2015 and was wildly successful. Participants included:
- 55 Girl Scouts that wrote programs;
- 11 teens that taught programming;
- 12 additional teens that participated in a training session.
Our goals and results were encouraging.