Columbus High School senior Shameria Roby is a two-time recipient of the Mississippi Aspirations in Computing award, hosted by Mississippi State University in collaboration with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). As an awardee, she was eligible to apply for a grant with NCWIT to host a computing outreach program for girls. She applied and was awarded funding to create the Columbus Cyber League.
15 girls participated in the Columbus Cyber League after school program at Fairview Elementary. They developed their computer programming skills using Sphero robots, and learned cybersecurity awareness and concepts. The program met for 2 hours each Thursday from January to March, and culminated with participants presenting what they had learned to the Columbus school board.
Ms. Devin Hill and Ms. Jessika Hayes assisted with the program on behalf of CMSD, and Hanna Hardy, a junior at Heritage Academy and also an Aspirations in Computing award winner, also assisted.
The students did a presentation for the Board of Trustees at their Regular Meeting on Thursday, March 5th.