In a partnership with High Technology High School, Brookdale hosted cypHER, a workshop for middle school girls run by High Technology High School students on May 4. The event introduced the girls to web and app development.

“There is such a demand for computer science knowledge. I don’t know anyone with a computer science degree that doesn’t have a job,” said Peter Geiselman, assistant professor and chair of the computer science department at Brookdale, in addressing the middle school students. He encouraged them to start taking more computer science classes.

Annie Zhou and Katrina Florendo, juniors at High Technology High School, ranked as the number one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) high school in the nation for the fifth year in a row, created the event. Their goal was to encourage the middle school girls to pursue an education and career in computer science field.

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