The ZinC HoPLo Lab

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source:

Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga

Queen Cleopatra

Queen Cleopatra pieced together from images on ancient artifacts by Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton


Ada Lovelace

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1955

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

The  Nzinga Cleopatra Hopper Parks Lovelace (ZinC HoPLo) Lab looks to address gender inequity by teaching girls entrepreneurial skills and also that there is not just one way for a woman to become successful. The girls will start by learning the basics of computer science and programming in this unique course taught by David Evans and Terrance Jackson. In this course they will build a working search engine. Google is the most well-known and popular search engine.

This course is a blended model of on-line instruction and in-person instruction. Students progress through the content of the course, on-line, with David. But students also meet weekly with other students and Terrance to work additional problems, share with and help each other, and have their questions answered directly.

For more information on the on-line content, click here and watch the video.

For Whom?

High school and college students. Students should have a working knowledge of Algebra 1.

When and Where?


The Digital Arts Experience
170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601

Vivek Wadhwa’s article “Let the Boys Have Their Social Media While Women Save the World:”

I have written extensively about the challenges that women in tech face: how they are commonly discouraged during childhood from becoming engineers and scientists; the struggles they face in male-dominated tech companies; and the way in which they are stereotyped and mistreated by some investors when they look for startup funding. This is despite there being virtually no difference between men and women entrepreneurs in motivation, education, and capability. Indeed, Kauffman Foundation’s analysis showed that women are actually more capital-efficient than men, and Babson’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found  that women-led high-tech startups have lower failure rates than those led by men.

Queen Nzinga was perhaps the first Black Nationalist. By opening her territory to anyone escaping slavery, she transcended all the various ethnic and cultural differences of the people in the Angolan region.

The modern perception of the legendary Egyptian Queen Cleopatra as a beautiful and manipulative diva is opposed by a new study that suggests that the real Cleopatra was in fact far more respected for her intellectual prowess than for her physical beauty. Scientific books written by her were considered the definitive works in their field.  She was a scholar who made significant contributions in the fields of alchemy, medicine and mathematics.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is a computer science pioneer who developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

In the 1930s, Rosa Parks joined her husband Raymond and others in secret meetings to defend the Scottsboro boys—nine young African-American men accused of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931. Her investigative work for the NAACP in the 1940s exposed her to the horrific racial and sexual violence whites visited upon blacks who refused to abide by the segregated status quo. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was her personal hero. She worked alongside the Black Power movement, particularly around issues such as reparations, black history, anti-police brutality, freedom for black political prisoners, independent black political power, and economic justice.

Ada Lovelace is the daughter of poet Lord Byron:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

Lovelace is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.

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