Orlando Science Center’s STEM education programs emphasize the development of 21st-century skills. Skills like communication, teamwork and critical thinking are essential for solving the problems of today and the future, so we want to make sure our students are prepared for success.
Creative problem solving is a top priority when considering 21st-century skills. To encourage girls who are interested in STEM and help them practice this skill, OSC recently led a hackathon for girls from the Tupperware Branch Boys and Girls Club in Osceola County.
A hackathon is any event where participants must work together and use their “hacking” skills to solve a problem. Hacking, at its essence, is creative problem solving.
Orlando Science Center’s hackathon, sponsored by Tupperware and led by OSC staff, challenged the girls to create an invention that would solve a problem that teens face today. They had about five hours to build a prototype of their invention, using computers and Makey Makey tools.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity to expand awareness of computer science as both a hobby and career option,” said Michael Kmietowicz, Education Specialist at Orlando Science Center. “Showing these girls that computer science is fun and relevant to their lives is an important step in possibly setting them on a path that they might not have otherwise considered.”
The students who participated in the hackathon will display their prototypes at OSC from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 27. All guests at the Science Center are invited to visit the fourth floor rotunda to view the projects.
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