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C-STEM GIRL Camps

C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps
Girl-camp-logo-small The C-STEM GIRL Camps are focused on motivating girls in middle school through peer mentoring, to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum. We hope this leadership camp will enable the attendees to serve as leaders and inspire other young girls to gain interest in science and technology through creating robotics clubs on their respective school campuses and participating in the RoboPlay Competition on the annual C-STEM Day.  All GIRL Camps  are funded by various sponsors and attendance is free for camp participants. In addition, camp participants are eligible for the Girl’s Leadership Award

ABC’s coverage of the camp

Curriculum

The curriculum is focused on

  • Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Programming in C
  • Film Production
  • Women in IT

At the end of the camp, students create a multimedia presentation of their creation, similar to the RoboPlay Video Competition, and present it to parents and peers.

Photo: Girls Leadership Camp Group Photo.Photo: Girls Leadership Camp Group Photo.

A camper working on her group’s robot video project

In addition, students learn important life skills including:

  • Teamwork
  • Presentation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Building confidence
  • Breaking gender stereotypes

Camp Participants

Each camp will have 20 middle school girls entering 7th or 8th grade in the coming Fall, who

  • have a strong academic record
  • exhibit strong leadership skills
  • have had exposure to computing or robotics or have a strong interest
  • can pick up new material quickly

Camp Assistant Coaches

Each camp will have two high school girls to serve as Assistant Coach. The Assistant Coach positions are not paid.

Camp  Coaches

Each camp has two Coaches. Each Coach will be compensated with $500 for the week. They should:

  • be in college
  • have experience with robotics and programming
  • work well with young girls
  • be willing to attend training sessions during the summer

Mentors

Each camp has a female teacher to serve as a mentor and coordinator. She will be paid at the district standard rate for  the week.

Interested in hosting a GIRL Camp in your area?

Please contact us if you would like to host a C-STEM GIRL Camp on your campus, district, or county.

We have a special program for NCWIT AspireIT applicants to host  C-STEM GIRL camps. If you are AspireIT applicants, you can borrow robotics equipment from the C-STEM Center for hosting your GIRL camp.

A GIRL Camp success story

GIRL (Programming) Power

Testimonials from previous camp attendees

-“I probably would have never known how to program computer[s] without this program and now I’m more confident about programming computers.”
-“Before this program, I didn’t know anything about robotics. Now, I feel confident about programming. I would like to learn more.”
-“I feel that I am a bit more computer smart.”
-“The C-STEM robotics camp increased my confidence.”
-“If I hadn’t have taken this program I would never be interested in computer science.”
-“I wanted to be a math teacher but after this program I want to be a computer scientist.”
-“Before this program, I wanted to be in the field of genetics, now, I want to get into technology.”
-“I thought I wanted to be an engineer that builds bridges and buildings, now I am interested in computer science.”
-“…wanted to be something else when I grew up, but now I want to work with programming.”

More information on GIRL Camp

Click on the link below to download a submitted conference paper about the C-STEM GIRL camp:

C-STEM GIRL Camp

Sponsors:

The GIRL camp is funded by the NSF, NCWIT,  UC Davis College of Engineering, and UC Davis University Outreach and International Programs.

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