Ithaca, NY
Jan 4, 2020 - Feb 8, 2020
The SparkIT Ithaca - TechGirls VR Development & Social Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell University is a series of VR development and technology entrepreneurship workshops. Participants will build an interactive VR environment to address one of seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals and will present their ideas during the Project Showcase & Pitch.
Provided by Rishitha and Everybody Code Now!

Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.

Program Dates & Times

Saturdays 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade


No fee

More About the Program

Through the program, participants will use block programming and JavaScript to develop an interactive VR environment using CoSpaces that addresses a UN Sustainable Development Goal of their choosing. From this experience, program participants will be put in the shoes of technology entrepreneurs through a startup simulation, allowing them to see the possible career pathway of creating their own technology company. Program participants will also learn about education and careers in the field by interacting with computing professionals and entrepreneurs and learning about the opportunities available for innovation and leadership in computing. As a result of participating in the program, girls will be introduced to computing principles while working to create a product that aims to solve an issue they feel passionate about and which is personally important to them. In doing so, program participants will gain a holistic understanding of computer science and information technology that translates from education to industry. This process will allow each girl to discover her potential and aspire to continue future endeavors in the field. Through this hands-on experience, they will better understand the relevance of computer science in their own lives and the world.


Program Day 1- Introduction to VR Development

Program Day 2- Exploring CoSpaces & CoBlocks/Javascript Tutorials

Program Day 3- CoBlocks/Javascript Tutorials & VR Product Ideation

Program Day 4- Working on VR Environment

Program Day 5- Introduction to Business Plan/Pitch & Continuing Work on VR Environment

Program Day 6- Project Showcase & Pitch Day