Joan Sirma

“The value of teaching STEM education is in telling the kids: ‘This is what’s happening in the world and you can be a part of it. If you want to change things, this is a way you can do it.’”

As lead instructor of Cyber Girlz Silicon Valley, a new initiative offered by the Jay Pinson STEM Education Program, Sirma, ’16 Computer Science, is part of a team offering seventh and eighth grade girls the chance to explore the fields of computer science and cybersecurity, plus learn “thrilling computer skills” along the way. A collaboration with CyberWatch West, Campbell Union School District, Franklin McKinley School District, and CommUniverCity San Jose, the pilot program is also helping the Kenya native prepare for her ultimate goal: teaching computer science in developing countries.

Department: Computer Science
Program: Jay Pinson STEM Education Program
College: College of Science

Photo: Thomas Sanders, ’15 MFA Photography

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