While everyone is vying for their own unique experience at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, one group of girls got the upper hand. ‘Girls Who Code’ is a non-profit organization that works to attract more young women to a male-dominated field in technology by providing exclusive educational opportunities. This year, high school students in the summer program received a special invitation to look behind the scenes at the technology on Batuu.
Participants were able to hear from insiders at Disney and learn about the virtual queuing system that has set Galaxy’s Edge apart. They also got a peek into the Play Disney Parks app that becomes guests’ datapad upon entry to the Black Spire Outpost.
This was not the only special experience afforded to the group, however. This summer they’ve also been to Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, Inc., Walt Disney Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB. Once again, they were able to listen to speakers from high places at Disney, such as Danielle Costa, Vice President of Visual Effects at Marvel Studios and Susan O’Day, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Technology and Chief Information Officer of The Walt Disney Company. They were then treated to a preview of the newly released “Toy Story 4” in a studio on The Walt Disney Studios Lot. Talk about a lot of behind-the-scenes fun!
When asked for their thoughts about the experience, students expressed great enthusiasm for the learning opportunity as well as the teamwork and friendships that were promoted during their time together. They not only had the chance to learn about technology but about other young women coming from all over the country. It definitely piqued interest and we should be prepared to see many more female faces in the future of computer science.
In the words of a young girl named Simone “It was cool to see how everything works. It made me think, ‘I want to do this when I grow up and get my career started,’” -Disney.
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