ORCSGirls is such a positive environment, and their mission is to inspire girls to pursue careers in computer science. I would like to share a few ways that ORCSGirls has inspired and empowered me.
We all opened CoSpaces, a website for building VR games. My knowledge of how to operate a computer came in handy, and we soon got to work making a treasure hunt game. Even though I already knew a little bit about programming, I will not deny that I needed a lot of help. Thankfully, the volunteers were very helpful, and I soon got the hang of the CoSpaces environment.
Sadly, ORCSGirls switched into an online-only environment when Covid started affecting the Tennessee area. I continued to take ORCSGirls classes, signing up for any I could. Surprisingly, ORCSGirls offered even more classes, clubs, and competitions during this weird time. I opened up to the girls in a different way online than when we were together in person. Building technology and social skills strengthened my character and prepared me for what I tried next.
Very soon I will be volunteering in person at an AI Vision camp at the Blount County Library. I can’t wait to help out. Just like I was so heavily impacted by the volunteers at my first class, I want to impact the girls at this camp. Who knows, someday one of them may use an Artificial Intelligence camera to help the world!
ORCSGirls has made such a big difference in my middle school life, and I am sure it will continue to influence me as I grow up. I’m positive Dr. Proffen would agree when I say: “you never grow out of ORCSGirls.”