DCMST student wins web design contest

Congratulations to Angela Matta of the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology. Matta earned 1st place in the high school beginner category of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation’s 14th annual Website Design Contest.

Matta created a website about prosthetics. Her site, and those of the other winners, can be found at https://www.mcwtwebdesign4girls.net/2019-winners/.  Matta, a 10th grader, also attends Edsel Ford High School.

This year’s contest asked students to create a website about something real or imagined that had a positive impact in the world. On January 11, 44 middle and high school female finalists presented their ideas on topics ranging from wildfire alerts to stress management wearables, ocean-cleaning robots to 3D braille readers.  The event is the state’s longest-running website development competition.

“This competition is one of the many ways MCWT is inspiring and growing girls and women in technology,” said Melanie Kalmar, president of MCWT and CVP, CIO, CDO at Dow. “The quality and imagination of the girls’ presentations demonstrated that Michigan is nurturing an incredibly talented generation of women who will pursue their passion to change the world through technology.”

The contest kicked off last October with free coding and design training for the students. Next, they built websites, using HTML and CSS, centered on the theme of real or imagined products or services positively impacting the world. The cutoff for submissions was December 3. MCWT partner companies provided 103 volunteer judges with expertise in digital design and communications to examine the entries and select finalists.

Then the finalists presented their websites to a panel of tech industry leaders and a roomful of their peers, families and teachers. Winners were selected from three categories: high school advanced; high school beginner; and middle school.  Winners received monetary prizes.

“The energy and enthusiasm in the room was contagious! The girls were so proud to share their work and ideas,” said Meghan E. Giammarusti, MCWT mission lead for high school programming and experience lead at Ford Motor Company. “The Website Design Contest solidifies MCWT efforts to invest in young girls to help them gain confidence from a technical and social perspective, and continue their technology journey.”

The 14th annual MCWT Website Design Competition was sponsored by Accenture, Ally, Amerisure and Harman International.