Sanjana Shah, Girls Innovate! Teen Committee
ThinkImagineProgram (Session 7)
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” – Robin Williams
The final session of ThinkImagineProgram was all about presenting the ideas through words. The audience was eager to watch the presentations, while the girls were preparing themselves to start off the most important day in this program – presenting their final work. The room was full with participants occupying the front row tables and the parents seated at the back.
The presentations were left to the imagination of the girls and varied from analysis of algorithms using graphical representations to a complete video on how algorithms work in real practice. Some presented their work as code while others presented using flowcharts and diagrams. Some of the presentations were on 8-Queens Problem, Fibonacci Series, RGB and CYMK Color Model, Binary Guessing Game, Sorting (Human vs. Computer), Website Design using Arrays, etc. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session, in which several related thoughts were discussed and alternate approaches were analyzed. The Q&A session not only inspired the participants but also triggered a wave of new thoughts among the audience. This was quite interesting on several aspects, as it touched how computing works. Some groups presented as a team while others presented as individual work.
Finally, certificates were given to all the participants, who presented their work, and a general discussion followed on what they would like to do next. A group photo session concluded the day’s event. With just a blink, seven weeks of ThinkImagineProgram passed by and we learned a lot of planning, designing, implementing, testing, and presenting. The team would like to thank our presenter, David Epstein, for teaching us the basics of logical thinking and building our foundation in the field of STEM, where the girls are under-represented. We would also like to thank our organizer, Uyen Kry, for introducing us to this program and hosting all the sessions, as well as to all the mentors, who have helped throughout this series. Without their support, this event would not have been possible.
Together, we have reached our destination. Not only did we spread our knowledge by presenting, we learned along the way. We even went into depths, explaining the code that we wrote and the steps that followed. All the participants were so excited and eager to join the continuation of this program. As Seneca had once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”