Nightingale Students Win Awards at Computer Science Conference
Six Nightingale students attended the New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Conference on Friday, May 4, and took home two awards for their teamwork and innovative problem-solving. Sponsored by NYU, Princeton, and Google, the conference gave young participants a taste of computer science and engineering through a series of lectures, demonstrations of ongoing research projects, and an engineering design competition. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from leading women in the field what it means to pursue a career in computer science and engineering and how these jobs can make a marked difference in our world.
Olivia Barnhill ’15, Arlene Casey ’15, Gretty Garcia ’14, Ellie Lipe ’15, Nina Naghshineh ’14, and Hanna Park ’14 joined over 200 girls from 25 schools who attended the day-long event, dividing their time between hearing personal experiences from professors and graduate students and participating in a conference-wide challenge to create structurally-sound towers using only gumdrops and spaghetti sticks. The girls not only left with a better understanding of how an education in computer science and engineering can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers, but they also took home the award for Best Designed App and a second place honor for Highest Pasta/Gumdrop Tower.
Congratulations to all six students, and thank you to Ms. Edgar, co-head of the mathematics department, for leading the trip!