Applications being accepted for free computer science summer camp for girls

The highly successful and popular Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS) summer camp returns for its second year.



Applications are now being accepted for girls currently in seventh and eighth grade to take part in a free four-week computer science camp at Pacific University this summer. 

The camp, Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS), will take place June 22 through July 17 at the University's Forest Grove campus. It will include hands-on learning activities as well as field trips related to science and technology. 

"Girls Gather for Computer Science is a comprehensive and innovative program designed to introduce girls to the field and excite them about the many career opportunities," said camp director and associate professor Shereen Khoja

The goal of G2CS is to increase the number of young women who enter the field of computer science. The approach can serve as a model for other projects that aim to interest students in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Khoja said.

The camp is administered by female computer scientists and engineers, and includes full days of hands-on activities, social events and field trips. Participating girls will get first-hand exposure to software development, digital media design, biotechnology and other industries. 

"By offering students an engaging, challenging and exciting environment, away from their typical preoccupations, and by utilizing professional female computer scientists as leaders and instructors, G2CS frees young women to explore the science see themselves as scientists, engineers and mathematicians," Khoja said. 

She added that the camp is also an online community of campers, teachers, parents and female computer science mentors that will support and sustain girls' interest and success in computer science for 10 years following the camp experience. 

"This camp is a positive model that can be replicated in additional communities, including schools," Khoja said. "Area middle school teachers are also invited to attend the camp to learn about how they can conduct their own mini-camps with this free curriculum." 

G2CS is the result of a partnership between Pacific University and Oregon Public Broadcasting with the support of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Thirty girls who took part in last summer's camp, and their families, will gather for a reunion at Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 21, to view a premiere screening of an OPB-produced video chronicling the first year of the camp. 

Complete information, including last year's curriculum and the application to participate in this year's camp, can be accessed at www.g2cs.org

Space is limited and the deadline to apply is Feb. 15.


Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen (haug7381@pacificu.edu) on May 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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