The third place team, Fem Tech, was comprised of eight students who founded a coding club on Foshay’s campus that encourages women to code. They recently earned a Girls’ Build LA grant to plan activities to attract the interest of middle school girls into the fields of computer science and they presented their plans to the judges. Fem Tech gained the interest of Microsoft who donated interactive circuit boards and wants to create a webseries based on their girl centered tech events. The Fem Tech members are Valerie Nerio (President), Victoria Lopez, Diana Orellana, Adamaris Maldonado, Samantha Suarez, Luis Navarro, Angelica Vasquez and Gabriel Juarez.
Their leadership has started a movement on Foshay’s campus of interest in computer science. In April they brought 50 students to an engineering day at USC - half of those students were middle and high school girls who are interested in joining the Tech Academy when they are in 10th grade. We also had eight 10th graders attend a Hackathon at USC, and we have a list of girls who want to be invited to new Girls Who Code club events.