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WICS Week 0: Meet and Greet

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Wednesday, September 25, 70 students interested in Computer Science came out to participate in the first annual WICS social event. Students, new and old alike, socialized with the WICS board members as well as each other, played board games, and won cool prizes while enjoying FREE food and drinks!

People had a chance to make some new friends, and freshmen had the opportunity to converse with upperclassmen for advice in the Computer Science field. Tammy Phan, an ICS alumni who is currently working on campus, came to talk to WICS about a tech conference in January about web application security. She gave WICS members information about open internship positions in the department she is working in and welcomed anyone to apply. WICS will be hosting plenty more similar social events throughout the year including other activities such as technical workshops and many other cool events.

Stay updated with our events to gain support and experience with your fellow classmates! WICS will be holding its annual Mentorship Mixer on the Monday of Week 1. WICS board members and an overview of future events will be introduced. RSVP on our Facebook page now and don’t forget to sign up for our Mixer!

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Aspire IT Camp: Techie Girls

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In Techie Girls,  a week-long summer camp was designed for the 2013 Aspire IT Programs to inspire in girls a love for computer science. The camp provided workshops from July 29th through August 2nd on the UC Irvine Campus for 2 hours a day.

More than 10 of WICS’s members volunteered to help teach more than 20 middle school-aged girls technology. The camp provided a sampling of web design, programming, graphics, and game design using HTML, Python, and Kodu Game Lab. WICS members helped any kids who had trouble learning these programming languages.

At the end of the camp, there was an open house where certificates, free food, and free swag from companies were given to all the participants.

 

 

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WICS Summer Session Workshop

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Wednesday, July 24, WICS hosted a workshop for high school students and incoming freshmen at UCI. More than 10 WICS members signed up to work with over 40 students on Snap Circuits and littleBits.
This workshop was intended to educate and provide insight to students who were interested in the technological field. With the support of the WICS members, students got to explore and create their own little electronic modules. Both WICS and the students got to learn and explore the numerous possibilities that came from these simple components.

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ICS Banquet

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Wednesday, June 5th, WICS hosted their annual ICS Banquet with Debra J. Richardson (WICS club advisor) and all the ICS club (ACM, MAISS, IEEE, VGDC, ICSSC, and DATSpace) officers (old and new) to celebrate the end of a successful school year.

A delicious dinner was provided as the officers socialized and introduced themselves through slideshow presentations. Group photos were taken in the end as graduating officers congratulated newly appointed officers to get ready for another great year!

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Western Digital Tour & Luncheon with Female Engineers

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Friday, May 3rd, WICS went to Western Digital for a luncheon with their female engineers and a tour of their work space. 14 female students were able to attend and have the opportunity to interact with and learn from many of Western Digital’s experienced female engineers. After a luncheon with them, the WICS members were taken on a tour to see the engineers at work! The discussions with the female engineers were extremely insightful and including the tour, the whole experience allowed the members to see what it was like to work at Western Digital as a female and have a general idea of what employers looked for in a good candidate. Everyone’s reviews on this tour were extremely positive and WICS plans on going again!

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WICS hosts a “Toy Hacking” Workshop with Dr. Garnet Hertz

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We taught children between the 2nd and 5th grades how to circuit bend at the Verano After School Program. Kids got a first hand experience playing with circuit boards and they expanded their perception of how they have the power to create new things with their older toys, just by breaking them open and learning how to manipulate the electronics inside.

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WICS Goes to Blizzard!

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Thursday, January 23rd WICS took a trip to Blizzard for a tour of their campus! We had the privilege of seeing the World of Warcraft developer space and were able to see the kind of work Blizzard developers do first hand. We were surprised by the colorful offices full of toys and gaming memorabilia, which seems like a rare environment compared to most software development spaces. Thank you to Blizzard for offering their time and space for our organization!

After the tour, WICS took a group picture in front of the statue on the Blizzard campus as seen below!

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Letter of Recommendation Workshop

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January 22nd, last Tuesday, WICS hosted a Letter of Recommendation Workshop and Q&A with Professor Shannon Tauro and PhD candidate Kristin Roher! Over 30 students attended for a pre-workshop social and a presentation on how to approach and establish relationships with professors for research, references, and letters of recommendation.

Thank you to Professor Shannon Tauro and Kristin Roher for their time and their (very) enlightening advice!

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WICS hosts a Toy Hacking Workshop

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On Monday, January 14th, WICS hosted a Toy Hacking Workshop Training with Dr. Garnet Hertz. Over 20 people attended with bags full of toys to break open!

This workshop was intended to train students who were interested in being involved in a similar workshop for kids in elementary and middle schools! It was an entertaining introduction to electronics, as the attendees ripped apart electronic toys and hacked around with the toys’ music devices.

Highlights of this event were: playing around with resistors to activate a sound, seeing Big Mouth Billy Base singing in different pitches and speeds, cringing over the disturbing sight of the stripped down Dancing Hamster (“Everybody Dance Now!”).

Our members thought this event was really fun, and many of them expressed their wishes to learn more about toy hacking. As mentioned above, we plan to help host a workshop series with students in elementary and middle schools in the near future.

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Beginning of the Quarter General Meeting

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The first Tuesday of our Winter Quarter, WICS hosted a general meeting for students to reunite and start talking about preparing for the quarter! Over 30 students (and two friendly male ICS students) came and played games, drank hot chocolate, ate snacks, and shared class schedules to get organized for the new year!

Our meeting began with announcements about our plans for Winter quarter: a Resume workshop, Letters of Recommendation Workshop, a web development workshop on jquery, lunches with industry professionals, and the initiation of our Hacker Toy Workshop outreach to girls and children living in impoverished areas. We announced more details for our upcoming conference, init(together): Southern California Women in Computing Conference, on April 14th.

Our members our already enthusiastic this year: over a dozen volunteered for our Hacker Toy Workshop Program and two more have joined our committee!

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