STWiCS Bakathon

Every Valentine’s Week, WiCS and STWing come together at our Faculty Master Jorge and Marta’s place for a Bakathon. This year we made a loooooooooot more treats than ever before: Oreo Truffles Snicker Doodles Rosemary Cookies Brownies Banana Bread Chocolate Dipped Strawberries It took us about 5 hours to bake everything… but we had a…

Winter PennApps 2016

The second Penn-hosted hackathon of the year was almost like a miniature of the first (it’s hard to beat an event held at the Wells Fargo Center, after all). To me, however, it was a much more intimate and rewarding experience. This time around, I teamed up with Penn seniors Sally Kong, Carter Tilghman, and Vincent…

FemmeHacks 2016

BY: JESSICA KIM FemmeHacks is Philadelphia’s collegiate all-female hackathon organized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Women in Computer Science. The hackathon’s aim is to create a welcoming environment for women in tech. Women from local and east coast universities and various company mentors came for this event. The first day consisted of various workshops ranging…

Mock Interview Practice

Spring semester is both warmer and a bit more stressful than fall because of tech interviews. To prepare, Jess and I practiced programming questions from Cracking the Interview with help from Sally. The book was super helpful and practicing with a group kept all of us focused. Shoutout to Sally for providing the book! (On…

NYC Tech Trek

BY Julia Chun On Thursday, October 8th, WiCS organised a NYC Tech Trek for the WiCS residential program members and other women in CS at Penn. We took a tour around Google, Facebook, and Twitter’s head quarter in New York and got a chance to talk with full time female engineers and recruiters. Twitter & Vine   Our first…

Data Visualization Workshop: GroupMe Messages

In October, Sally, Jess, Qiao and I worked on way to visualize GroupMe stats. We used .csv file maker from a user on Quora (here: https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-way-to-download-all-messages-from-a-GroupMe-group) to download all of the messages and get message count by user. We used Chart.js to create the graph and python to modify and parse the data. Below is my own…

Movie Night: Miss Representation

By Wenli Zhao The documentary, Miss Representation, was a haunting analysis of the present situation of women in media. Women are over sexualized and objectified in media, from news journalism to television to movies. Media objectifies women to sell products. Telling young girls their value lies in their physical appearance leaves young girls insecure and…

WiCS Brunch & Brainstorms

About a month ago, us members of the WiCS Residential Program had our first (and hopefully not last!) Brunch && Brainstorm session! At 11 AM on September 26th, we gathered on the Mirage rooftop lounge armed with pancake mix, Nutella, raspberries, scallops, rice…you get the picture. Everyone helped make food, and afterwards we ate, discussed…

GirlsCode: Intro to Cyber Security

BY: JESSICA KIM On Halloween, WiCS hosted Girls Scouts for GirlsCode: Intro to Cyber Security – a series of workshops about cryptography, personal websites, and hacking. GirlsCode is a part of InspiHer which is an initiative to encourage and expose local girls to computer science. For the cryptography workshop, we explained how cryptography came to be and why…

Dr. Rajiv Gandhi

November 14, 2014 by Karen Her On November 14, 2014, we were fortunate to have Dr. Rajiv Gandhi come to Kings Court English College House to talk about his field of study and his experience working with students. After a discussion about his research in the design and analysis of algorithms, networks, and graph theory,…

Dr. Danielle Bassett

October 7, 2014 by Jessica Ramos The phenomena of how our brains work is an exciting topic only made more exciting by Dr. Danielle Bassett! On October 7, 2014 Danielle Bassett came to Kings Court English College House to discuss systems engineering and her research on how people learn. She discussed her exploration of the…

WiCS Logo

One of the projects we had to handle this semester is the design of the WiCS logo. As an organization,  we had to pick a logo that represented some of our values: inclusivity, support and excellence. At first, we had two main ideas for an animal mascot. The first was a grasshopper, which was a…