ASPIRING WOMEN EXPLORING SCIENCE, MATH, AND ENGINEERING (AWESOME)
Aspiring Women Exploring Science, Math, and Engineering (AWESOME) is a series of Saturday adventure workshops focused on applying programming skills to design, construct, and program LEGO Mindstorm robots for underwater applications. Glenbrook South High School will use high school mentors from its STEM Learning Community to encourage middle school girls to stay involved in STEM beyond their school-aged years. The program will culminate with a Women in STEM Breakfast where mentors in STEM fields will provide inspiration.
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Nov 16 2013 .
November 2, 2013November 9, 2013November 16, 2013
Bulldog Bytes will focus on the risk of identity theft to teenagers by having campers discover the powers of technology, both as a threat and a preventative support mechanism. Leader Rian Walker has arranged female guest speakers from the Army Corps of Engineers, FedEx, and Hewlett-Packard. She has a wealth of experience as an elementary school volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is skilled in HTML, PHP, MySQL, C++, and C#.
Mississippi State, MSJune 23, 2013 to June 27, 2013
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ANIMATION (STEM CAMP)
Hiranya Mir has experience running camps for younger girls in her local community and has tutored her peers in Cisco networking and IT essentials. Her Computer Science and Animation STEM Camp will use Alice/Storytelling Alice as its curriculum. The program also will engage Embry Riddle University upperclasswomen to mentor freshwomen as a way to provide additional support and visibility for the university’s women in computing.
Digital Girls will unite two STEM-focused Girl Scouts of the USA troops with a robotics team. The New Jersey troop will offer weekend workshops and the Long Island troop will offer a weekly after-school workshop, three all-day Saturday classes, and two week-long summer camps (one in Nassau County, one in Suffolk County.) Girls will be trained on Kodu, robotics, and Agent Cubes-in-a-Box.
Jeanine Pearson and Naomi Shah led the planning and execution of an inaugural camp for their high school’s incoming freshmen that focused on technology opportunities. Their Females Advancing Computing and Technology (FACT) will teach Gamemaker, provide mentoring, and guide students interested in research. In addition, their summer camp will host a learning tour at the local offices of Intel (an AspireIT sponsor.)
FIONA (Future Innovators of New Albany) seeks to create an integrated, sustainable, vertical chain of inspiration and support for developing girls’ computing and technology abilities. Middle school girls participating in the program are taught by high school girls, who in turn are mentored by female OSU computer science students, who themselves are supervised by New Albany High School and OSU faculty. The program runs for 25 weekly sessions and focuses on Microsoft Kodu and Windows Apps.
The semester-long Game Programming Using Microsoft Kodu program will create a Kodu Club that teaches programming to middle school girls on Saturdays. Leaders Jordan Newton and Pooja Chandrashekar seek to help girls follow their passions and give them the power to change their communities and the world. The program curriculum will include issues such as the environment and equal representation of genders.
GEMS (GIRLS IN ENGINEERING, MATH, AND SCIENCE CAMP)
Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science Camp (GEMS) is a week-long summer camp that will use Kodu to introduce girls to the possibilities and excitement surrounding careers in STEM fields, and help them build the confidence they need to begin their journey to a STEM career. Participants will explore a variety of topics including bioengineering, robotics, materials science, mechanical engineering, graphics, and computing. Program leader Katherine Miller also is the founder of FIONA (another AspireIT Program now hosted in partnership with The Ohio State University), which continues to introduce middle school girls to computing and IT.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has hosted GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math & Science) summer programs on campus for 20 years, but computer science was never included. This summer, Brianna Chapman advocated with the UIUC CS department to add two weeks of computer science to the GEMS program. She and other CS students, including fellow Aspirations winner Lavanya Iyer, will lead the program with the participation of 50 middle school girls.
The Girls in Tech two-week summer camps are designed to expose middle school girls to programming and technology and encourage a diverse group of girls to pursue technology careers and fields of study. The program will focus on supporting first-generation students to be successful, using Khan Academy, Kodu, and CS Unplugged.
The Girls for Computing and Robotics Club will include basics of engineering, basics of C programming, field trips, and robot prototyping that aids humans. The summer program will focus on instilling confidence, teamwork, reasoning, and problem-solving, as well as changing the misconception that girls cannot be scientists and engineers. Program leader Sruti Modekurty is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University and participant in five World Championships as a VEX & FIRST Robotics programmer and builder. The expectation is that this summer camp will prepare girls from each area school to start a school robotics club.
Sisters Savannah and Ashley Loberger already have run seven Girls Get IT! programs over the last three years to encourage girls to pursue computing, engineering, and IT careers. This year, the sisters will offer a summer camp geared toward middle school girls who do not know what engineering is or who are curious about the field. The program will help girls explore a range of areas, including game-making, basic programming languages, CAD, web programming, and rapid prototyping. The leaders also will address the stereotype that girls don’t belong in sciences.
Xavier College Preparatory is an all-girls school whose inclusive campus promotes an encouraging atmosphere for girls to excel in science fields. It annually hosts a Girls Have IT Day for up to 500 middle school girls in Phoenix, Arizona. The Girls Have IT Camp will extend this one-day program into a week-long camp that teaches middle school girls deeper computing skills, using Computer Science Unplugged and App Inventor.
GIRLS LEADING IN TECHNOLOGY TO CHANGE HUMANITY (GLITCH)
Haohang Xu, who coached middle school Science Olympiad while in high school, is partnering with Dr. Caitlin Kelleher of Washington University, who developed Looking Glass and Storytelling Alice. Their camp, Girls Leading in Technology to Change Humanity (GLITCH), will run for two one-week sessions that encourage girls’ enthusiasm for computing through a meaningful program that has positive impacts on the community.
Linking two week-long summer camps to teaching standards focused on open-ended problem solving, GLIT-C (Girls Leveling IT for Change) will utilize Storytelling Alice and AppInventor to develop methods to integrate social issues and technology. These camps will partner with Young Women in Computing at New Mexico State University to make the camps accessible to underrepresented girls and minorities. GLIT-C program leaders have three years (21 weeks) of summer camp experience, having run after-school clubs that reached over 5,000 students, almost half of them girls.
A veteran of the Globaloria program, Laura has created and published educational games including No More Gang Maze (which teaches the risks of gang life) and has been a leader and mentor for new Globaloria students. With Globaloria and Game Design for Girls, Laura has created a project that seeks to give back to her community. Her two-week camp will focus on building skills in critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and math, in addition to teaching game design through Globaloria and Adobe Flash.
New York, NY and Austin, TXJune 10, 2013 to June 14, 2013
I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (ILLUMINATING NEWCOMERS BY SYNERGIZING SKILLS AND PROMOTING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO RAISE ESTEEM.)
I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Illuminating Newcomers by Synergizing Skills and Promoting Information Technology to Raise Esteem) will work to increase participation of tribal students in computing and provide them with self-sufficient skills. Sinte Gleska University is the only Tribal University serving the Native American population (Sioux) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. I.N.S.P.I.R.E.’s winter break camp will prepare middle school girls to enroll as computer science majors, incorporating programming lessons from Alice, Khan Academy, Lego Robotics and Scratch. The program also will include a “health lesson” with approaches to alcoholism and drug addiction, which are major social issues impacting the community.
IT Girls will engage with five middle schools to provide after-school and weekend programs throughout the year. The program will expose girls to a variety of programming tools, including Scratch, Kodu, and Alice, and will feature technical projects that allow girls to learn about computing careers. Program leaders Emily Peed-Brown, Janeth Vargas currently lead the ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery – Women) chapter at Purdue, which will support the implementation of the program. They have designed their programs to take a one-week break after two months for evaluation and improvement of the curriculum.
The IT Is for Girls program leaders aim to get middle school girls to “think outside the box.” The week-long summer camp will utilize Scratch, AppInventor, Kodu, Lego robotics, and CS Unplugged activities, and will include field trips and campus visits. The three program leaders bring strong skillsets including pre-college courses in computer science, website design and management experience, and an externship at Google (an AspireIT sponsor.)
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: GIRLS, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Making a Difference: Girls, Technology, and Social Change is a Saturday summer program that will bring a group of girls on a journey to create a game or app, with the main objective being to find local refuge centers for lost or unwanted pets. Leader Aimee Jasso – graduate of a Microsoft Certified High School, with certifications in Microsoft and CompTIA – has designed a program that will empower middle school girls with the gender- supportive environment she wishes she’d had as a high school student. The program will focus on teaching Scratch, Globaloria, and AppInventor.
Sisters Hannah and Rachael Peck Tipperman have designed Robot Springboard as a means of thanking their mentors and teachers and “paying it forward” to other girls. The Robot Springboard camp will teach computing and technology skills to school-aged girls by forming two groups of First Lego League teams, who by the end of their experience will be ready for competition.
In Techie Girls, Crystal Hsieh has designed a week-long summer camp to inspire in girls a love for computer science. The camp will provide a sampling of web design, programming, graphics, and game design using Storytelling Alice, Scratch, and Code Academy. Crystal has a long history in coordinating programs and working with youth through Key Club and Model United nations at her high school, as well as the City of Irvine Youth Action Team. She also designed and taught a website development program at a local Girls Inc. center./p>
The Troy High School AspireIT Program will unite four Aspirations in Computing award-winners to deliver a two-day winter break camp for middle school girls, using Alice and AppInventor. The goal of the program is to demonstrate to participants the power of computing through creativity, measurable results, and a final product. The program has strong support from Troy High School teachers and administrators.