• Local high school students teaching technology class to middle schoolers

    Paige Burns, an incoming senior at Lafayette’s Peak to Peak Charter School, enrolled reluctantly in an advanced placement computer science class last school year.

    Though she loved digital photography, she said, she didn’t think she would like the technical side. To her surprise, she found she liked learning Java and spending time coding.

    “I got really into technology,” she said.

    This week, she’s sharing her passion with middle-school girls by leading a weeklong camp on building an Arduino-based robot at the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Center.

    “I really want to increase awareness about tech and show girls it’s not all just coding,” she said. “There’s art, there’s engineering, there’s building.”

    She said the opportunity to apply for a grant to teach a workshop came from winning a regional National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing Award.