As an all girls’ high school computer programming event, Digital Divas provides an introduction for young women to the field of Computer Science and encourages them to consider further pursuits of STEM in the classroom and beyond. This event is presented through the DFW CSTA chapter.
Last year, approximately 300 young women came from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and surrounding areas to attend workshops and participate in the programming competition. Despite the challenges we are all facing this year, we are anticipating incredible growth in attendance for our 2021 virtual event! Your investment helps us plan this event at no cost to these students, or to the coaches and schools supporting them. We seek your support as part of an ongoing effort to inspire these young women to pursue an education in Computer Science, both in their schools and as they graduate and go to work in the field. This year we are expanding this into a Texas event in partnership with our sister CSTA chapters.
Workshops Every year we offer several workshops participants can choose from, led by women from local universities and businesses representing the industry. Topics from 2020 workshops include “Big Data and How It’s Used in Social Media” and “How to Get the Most out of College in CS”.
Exhibit Hall This year we are offering a chance for our university and designated non-profit sponsors to participate in a virtual exhibit hall, where students will be able to click in and out of virtual booths for casual Q&A sessions. While there is a limit to the number of participants who can speak at a time, an unlimited number can listen in while they wait their turn. Middle School Track Last year was our first time offering a special program for middle school students, allowing them to get some hands-on experience with programming in the AI Bot Camp. We had about fifty students participate, and hope to continue to grow the program.
Programming Competition One of Digital Divas’ biggest draws is the afternoon’s programming competition. The competition is split into four divisions: a Never-Competed-Before Division, a Novice Division, and an Advanced Division- this helps build confidence in new participants and encourages a larger range of students to participate.