Girls Computer Science Camp Application Deadline Wednesday
The highly successful and popular Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS) summer camp returns for its third year. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13.
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 17 through July 12 at the University's Forest Grove Campus. It will include hands-on learning activities as well as field trips related to science and technology.
Complete information, including previous years curricula 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. 13.
"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.
Sixty girls who took part in the camp during its first two years, and their families, will gather for a reunion at Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 26.
This will give the girls and families a chance to renew their friendships and meet up with girls from the other camp whom they may have met online at the camp's private social media site.
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