The organization was founded with funding from an AspireIT award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The goal of the club is to increase the number of girls in the Midlands who consider IT and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers by giving them the opportunity to learn to program in a fun and interactive way.
Madison Pickrel (2016 and 2017 Program Leader) is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics! Outside of the classroom, she works as a waitress at a local restaurant. When she's trying to relax and have fun, she enjoys travelling to different places and going hiking.
Ruchi Bhosale (2016 Co-Leader and planned 2017 Co-Leader) is a rising junior majoring in Computer Engineering. When she's not coding, she's always drawing or dancing. Ruchi is on USC's only fusion dance team called USC Moksha, and will be starting her minor in Fashion Merchandise next semester.
Dr. Alicia Wilson (Program Partner) is a Professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and adjunct faculty in Computer Science. Her research focuses on coastal hydrology, and computer models are an important part of her work. She learned to program in a computer outreach program in 6th grade. (You may also know her as the coach of the awesome Galaxy soccer team!)
Dr. Toni Williams is an assistant professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on middle level teacher education and issues of diversity and social justice. When she is not teaching she loves spending time with her family.
Dr. Phillip Crotwell is a seismologist and programmer in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. He rides the world's greatest horse, Macintosh, owns too many goats, and wishes he were a better fencer.