A long time ago, I cheered for my adorable smiling preschooler as he hit the tee, and finally the ball after his fifth swing. The following year, I asked Nikolas if he'd like to play T-ball again and he replied, "No, baseball is a waste of my life." A few years passed and Nikolas announced he'd like to give the sport another try.
To give you an idea of how the day went, we assigned small groups of two or three girls to a volunteer, and put them in three larger groups that rotated together. After an initial presentation, the girls cycled through our STEM stations. One station was a brilliant introduction to coding called, "Hour of Code." In our follow-up survey, 93 percent said they were "moderately to extremely likely" to try more programming on their own or by taking classes in the future.