Mar. 23, 2019

Six LSR7 students, working with the University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab, will assist with Internet of Things presentations at the metro-area 2019 Microsoft DigiGirlz Day at Johnson County Community College on April 11. The international event is designed to provide teenage girls with a better understanding of technology career opportunities.

These six student presenters are in LSR7 teacher Deanna Soukup’s Project Lead the Way computer science course: Zoey Sears, LSHS; Lauren Bryant, LSHS; Makayla Clark, LSHS; Martie Schreckenghaust, LSHS; Megan Demo, LSW; and Lauren Smith, LSW.

At the sessions, the student presenters will demonstrate their creations and encourage the younger students to try them. Soukup, who also sponsors the Lee’s Summit Girls Who Code Club and the Lee’s Summit Coder Dojo, will attend DigiGirlz with her students. The local students’ projects include solutions and applications such as:

An app that senses an individual’s heart rate to alert a service dog of panic attacks

A bathroom mirror designed to include important daily information (calendar, weather, news)

A hamster cage featuring sensors that dictate the hamster’s Twitter account posts and the activities of an LED animated hamster.

“This is UCM’s first year participating in the DigiGirlz event,” said Joe Mullins, UCM Workforce and Professional Development. “We are excited about bringing our Lee’s Summit R-7 partners in to help with the program.”

DigiGirlz takes place at locations throughout the United States and countries all over the world. To register for the event, visit Registration closes April 1 or when all spots are full.