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LITAS Shortlisted for Nature Research Awards

We are delighted to share that LITAS For Girls has been shortlisted for the Nature Research Awards in Innovating Science! We have been chosen as one of 5 shortlisted applicants globally for our achievements in guiding young women in STEM.

Thanks to our sponsors & partners Johnson & Johnson, Society for Science & the Public, & National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for their support for the organization and our mission, and to Nature + Estee Lauder for encouraging #womeninstem!

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LITAS Making Impact in Panchkula, India

Making an impact worldwide – Over 200 girls and 4 teachers participated in the LITAS workshop at CLDAV, Sector 11 Panchkula, India. Over 98% of the girls said they would be interested in continuing with computer science and our training modules in our platform!

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Workshop at the Shri Ram School, Moulsari

We recently collaborated with The Girl Code on a Coding workshop at the Shri Ram School, Moulsari, New Delhi to organize a competition to come up with an innovative idea for incorporating technology in real life. We sponsored the awards for girls using coding for real world applications. All the students of the workshop came up with creative and out-of-the-box ideas!

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Girls attending the workshop

Some of the eye catching projects were:

  1. A smart refrigerator that creates a list of items in your fridge and automatically re-stocks on them when they're running low via online orders.
  2. A panel installed in public bathrooms which scan people's hands to check for bacteria and does not unlock the door until there is a certain specific amount.
  3. An online platform that helps promote LGBTQ+ acceptance via videos and informational pages. It can feature well known members of the community
  4. An educational website which hosts all coursework textbooks and has a peer-to-peer studying system built into it. The site also has all your teachers available on it.

Girls presented their projects with lot of enthusiasm 

The project concerning panel in the public bathrooms came out to be the winner, receiving a cash prize and a certificate. All the top projects were given certificates of appreciation.

Participants also signed up on the LITAS online learning platform to continue to have access to courses on Web Development, Python, and even Artificial Intelligence!

Draft of the victorious project and winners with the certificates

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LITAS Certified Program: She STEMs in Fremont, CA

We are excited to share the progress of one of our LITAS Certified Programs through the NCWIT Aspire IT program - She STEMs! She STEMs is run by Ashley Chu from Alameda, CA.

Noticing the lack of girls in their AP Computer Science class and the disparity of women in STEM, Ashley and other high school students started the organization in order to empower young girls in the fields of hardware, computing, and entrepreneurship. By helping the participants gain confidence through hands-on experience with hardware, the team strives towards having students solve problems in their community by creating technology based solutions to these issues.

Under the Alameda Boys & Girls Club Initiative, 15 girls from grades 4-9 have joined their program. They have been meeting every Wednesday since January 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm and will continue till the last week of May. 3D printing with TinkerCAD and building paper circuits with LEDs using Arduino has been covered till now. They are planning to bring speakers from Pixar and Adobe to give a talk and interact with the students.

She STEMs conduct free workshops in various locations along with a two-week camp held in the summer. Students work in pairs on mini projects that aim to solve practical problems. Basic programming skills with a block platform are taught to the students using Spheros. They gradually move on to more complicated topics of arduinos. Last summer, She STEMs had a group that created an autonomous vehicle using arduinos.

She STEMs promotes diversity by focusing on girls from low-income backgrounds and students from different regions within the Bay Area. Their programs are low-cost, and they even offer 5+ scholarships to those who need it. Apart from this, they are trying to find students in foster care to help them receive these opportunities and spark their passions in STEM

LITAS is excited to work with them through the NCWIT partnership programs. We will be supporting their organisation by providing them access to LITAS Learn, our online curriculum and mentorship resources.

If you are interested in partnering with LITAS for Girls and being LITAS certified, please email us for more information on our certification program.

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March LITAS Workshop at IIT Madras

On the tenth of March, LITAS for Girls organised a workshop on using Python for Artificial Intelligence at IIT Madras, Chennai, India in collaboration with the Women in CS chapter of IIT Madras. Undergraduate girls from various engineering departments ranging from freshmen to seniors attended the workshop. Students who signed up were given access to the LITAS Learn website and our curriculum on introduction to machine learning to aid the workshop.

The workshop on machine learning using Python was targeted at beginners and introduced the field of artificial intelligence. Sowmya, the head of the WiCS chapter conducted the half-day workshop with the help of volunteers. Concepts of regression and classification were taught with the help of the LITAS Learn platform and interactive Google Collab notebooks. It was an interactive session where the students were given time after each topic to code their own regression and classification programs, and clarify their doubts with the volunteers.

One of the real-life examples the participants coded was building a predictor of IMDB ratings for a movie based on various features such as the number of reviews, budget, and likes. Another example built by the participants was classification of wine into classes depending on its composition. The students were given LITAS swag and participation certificates at the end of the workshop.

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LITAS Mentorship Feature: Ria Vora & Katherine Kurtin

See what our LITAS alumni and mentors have been up to!

Ria Vora is the head of Girls in STEM, one of our LITAS certified clubs. She interned as a business development intern for eight weeks at Neolth under Dr. Katherine Curtin, a Behavorial Neuroscientist specializing in Integrative and Behavioral Health and a mentor for LITAS for Girls. During the internship, Ria accompanied Dr. Curtin to workshops, pitch competitions and networking events in San Francisco including the MedTech Innovator Pitch Event. She also conducted supervised research each week on various topics such as mental health, artificial intelligence and digital health.

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