This past week at Central High School, the computer lab was overflowing with girls ready to begin a yearlong STEM experience as part of Central’s newly formed Girls Who Code club. With the guidance of Mrs. Marci Karoll and Rivka Apfel (’11), students will learn computer programming using a new model for computer-science education. Club members will benefit from the mentorship of female engineers and entrepreneurs as they explore robotics, Web design, and mobile-app development. This week, participants attempted to model original works of art using Scratch, a coding language created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mrs. Russi Fried proudly shared other recent student achievements in the STEM fields. As part of their research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine this past summer, Science Institute members Tzippora Chwat (’16) and Elizabeth Kikov (’16) conducted nephrology research. Their resultant paper, “Predictors of Persistent Disease Activity in Childhood Minimal-Change Nephrotic Syndrome,” is now available in the Austin Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension.
Congratulations also to Central’s three students who have been invited to take part in the Jerusalem Science Contest: Talia Edelman (’15), Stacey Bayer (’16), and Sarah Yazdi (’16). In honor of Shemittah, this year’s area of focus is agricultural science and its relevance in specific areas of halachah. Students will study and take exams on topics throughout the school year, competing for a broad range of prizes, including a four-year scholarship to the Jerusalem Institute of Technology.