Three girls in the creators and innovators club work on a project.

Kulshan Middle School is piloting the Creators & Innovators Club this school year, a multi-faceted robotics program for middle school girls.

With the motivation of community volunteer, software developer and Kulshan parent Sydney Cole, the club found its roots in summer 2014.  After working with the high school robotics program and their community volunteer and engineer Gil Lund, Cole had the inspiration to pursue her passion of promoting women in technology. Lund led her to an Alcoa grant offered specifically for a middle school girls program. Linking up with Kulshan administration and staff and the funding secured, the club was born in fall 2014.

Thanks to the very generous support of Alcoa, the Career & Technology Education (CTE) program in Bellingham Public Schools, the Spark Museum, and the Bellingham Public School Foundation, the club has been able to teach inspirational and exciting technologies this year, including LittleBits, Sewable Circuits and Wearable Technology and Lego NXT Programming. The club was the subject of a recent Schoolhouse Docs video and will display their hard work and final projects at Kulshan Middle School on May 8.

Visit their website at www.CreatorGirls.com or view a video documentary on their club below to see what they are creating and innovating.

Engineering a Path to Success from Lauren McClanahan on Vimeo.

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