Houston-area Girls Build Virtual World to Engage in Computer Science
Course Offers Solution to National Issue

Release Date: April 19, 2016


Watch Houston-area middle school girls have fun with computer science and use coding techniques to create a virtual world. It’s all in an interactive course geared to engage young girls in science, technology, engineering and math. Nationally, fewer kids are choosing STEM careers and women are the minority in the STEM workforce. Space Center Houston is supporting state and national initiatives to improve math and science performance as part of its Youth STEM Academies.

Students will work together, learn about coding and build their own computer game at Space Center Houston as part of the educational program Diva Design STEM Academy. With hands-on activities, students will problem-solve, build confidence in construction, experiment with engineering challenges and learn about robotics, technology and engineering. In partnership with NASA, Microsoft and the Urban Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (U-STEM) Initiative, Space Center Houston offers Diva Design STEM Academy to teach students about robotics, app design and computer programming.

The nonprofit Space Center Houston draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world to participate in its educational programs. To learn more, visit www.spacecenter.org.


Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058


Thursday, April 21, 9:45 a.m.-noon

Best photo ops:

  • Girls working together to create a computer game.
  • Girls actively solving problems and using creative-thinking skills.

Possible Interviews:

  • Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston director of education
  • Young girls from Reed Academy and Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy


Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, mmoore@spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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