Sometimes, you just need to break something.
All for a good cause, of course.
That’s the point of Girls Breaker Day, a free event for girls from 5th to 10th grade on May 26, designed to teach them about electronics by taking them apart.
Breaker Day is an event that was was born after Will Bushee’s daughter broke her her favorite tablet about a year ago.
“So I gave her a screwdriver. She ended up disassembling this tablet way beyond what I thought anyone could disassemble a tablet,” he said. “She thought it was really cool and wondered if I had anything else she could take apart.”
She had just the right dad. Bushee is vice president of BrightPlanet and a local force in encouraging kids to play with electronics and learn how to code.
Bushee went out, got some extra electronics, and let his daughter take them apart. This went on for five days, and the idea for Girls Breaker Day sprang to life. The first event was last year. Sixty girls attended and had “just a fantastic time,” Bushee said.
“We’re just trying to get more girls to get more hands-on with technology,” he said.
Girls who attend the event may bring their own electronics to break. But there will other electronics available if they don’t bring any, or if they want to take apart even more things.
“We’ll have a bunch of computers on hand,” said Bushee, courtesy of electronics recycler SEAM, which will donate computers and recycle anything left over after the event.
Some of the girls who attended the first event last year were initially taken aback by the concept of disassembling their devices, he said.
“They just give you a look like, “Really? you want me to wreck this perfectly good computer?'” Bushee said.
Bushee runs Code Bootcamp and generally sees mostly boys attend. He wants more girls to get involved and find out what they can do.
“I think we as a society have lost a lot of understanding how things work,” he said.
Dakota State University’s CybHER program will bring robots for the girls to work with as well, Bushee said. And JAM Art & Supplies will bring equipment so girls can turn electronics into junk sculptures.
Sponsors for the event are CybHER, Journey Group, SD Communications, 4D Design + Consulting, SEAM, and Code Bootcamp.
To volunteer for the event, go online to http://signup.com/go/SGXHUHq.
For more information or to RSVP, go to the event’s website: http://girlsbreakerday.com
If You’re Going
What: Girls Breaker Day
Who: Girls from 5th grade to 10th grade
Where: Journey Group Companies, 4500 W. 58th St., Sioux Falls
When: May 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP: http://girlsbreakerday.com
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