Today, we opened our doors to welcome eighty-five of Chicagoland’s best and brightest fifth and sixth graders from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for our third annual Scout Out Engineering event.
Thirty-five of Groupon’s technical employees joined in on the fun as volunteers and worked with the girls in a hands-on bridge-building activity to practice iteration and mechanical engineering, walked through beginning and intermediate level coding and software engineering activities on Code.org, and took the girls on a scavenger hunt through our headquarters where they spotted such hits as a cat in a space ship, a former Girl Scout working in tech, and even Groupon’s CEO Eric Lefkofsky.
Each year, we are constantly amazed by the girls’ enthusiasm for solving problems, building solutions, and learning all about the careers that women pursue at Groupon; but this year, in particular, was a unique one. This year, we welcomed girls who arrived with a prior knowledge and understanding of the basics of engineering and had already been involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs before coming to Groupon. Year over year, we are seeing more programs emerge for young girls, and we could not be more impressed with what these scouts are learning so early on in their pursuit for passion projects and careers in STEM.
In addition to hosting Scout Out Engineering, this week we will be sending sixty women from Groupon to the Grace Hopper Conference, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. We hope that one day these scouts will join Groupon attendees in celebrating women in computing!
Groupon is excited to be a part of the community of technology companies working towards inspiring lifelong builders, makers, tinkerers, and innovators – all while earning merit badges and hearing about the latest and greatest cookie selling strategies.