Our GET-IT high school program stands for Girls Exploring Together Information Technology. It is an after-school team activity designed to encourage high school girls to consider and ultimately pursue a career in information technology. The program runs from September through the end of the school year.
Students involved in the program receive hands-on exposure to technology. They explore a growing career field while enhancing their math and science skills, and confidence. GET-IT helps prepare them for college, strengthening teamwork, problem-solving and organization abilities.
Benefits to Students
Major activities in the GET-IT program include:
- Robotics: Participation in Robofest, a Lego Robotics competition sponsored by Lawrence Technological University.
- Web Design Contest: Use of HTML coding to create web pages for our annual Website Design Competition. Judges from the IT community award prizes to the winners.
- Business Speakers: Scheduling speakers, with help from MCWT, to visit and provide perspective on the real-world applications of IT. All speakers are successful business professionals at various stages of their careers.
- Field Trips: Past activities include robot programming training at LTU, a tour of Fanuc Robotics, YES! Expo, and a meeting and tour at ArvinMeritor.
- Other Flexible Programs: Expansion of program offerings based on student interests, such as design patent projects and job shadowing.
How Schools Can Support
To support a GET-IT club at a school, a school must follow these requirements:
- There must be a faculty advisor.
- There must be a location for regular meetings.
- Ideally, there is a computer lab where work sessions and classes can be held.
- All students are asked to sign a press and photo release form.
- Transportation arranged for occasional rides to classes, local companies and competitions.
The amount of time required of faculty advisors varies on the level of involvement they choose. An hour-long biweekly meeting is generally sufficient, with the exception of the competition period when several longer meetings may be needed. At the end of the school year, advisors must develop a final report summarizing GET-IT activities and use of MCWT Foundation funds.
- Approximately three Saturdays are needed for Robofest competition, plus additional time for robotics training.
- The web design classes will be after school or on Saturdays, and the final competition is on a Saturday.
Field trips, business speakers, job shadowing and additional programs can be arranged at the discretion of the advisor with the support of the MCWT Foundation. Field trips will require school or parent transportation and the attendance of the faculty advisor or other supervisor.
Company Sponsorship of GET-IT Club
Sponsoring a GET-IT club can benefit your company by:
- Helping you meet diversity and community outreach goals
- Addressing the shrinking pipeline of technology workers by influencing students toward IT careers and fostering the next generation of future talent
- Providing employees with volunteer opportunities large and small while MCWT handles overall management and program coordination
By taking advantage of an established program like GET-IT, your members can become actively involved, make a change in the community, grow the ranks of IT workers, and achieve personal growth and satisfaction.
GET-IT runs September through May, with students generally meeting biweekly. Sponsoring organizations' participation opportunities include:
- Providing a speaker for the school's Career Day
- Hosting visits where students come to your place of business (2-3 hours)
- Up to 40 job-shadowing opportunities (1 day)
- Volunteering at various competitions, including the web design competition and Robofest (2-8 hours)
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