C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps
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 for one week in the summer. Each camp has 20 middle school students as camp participants, two high school girls as assistant coaches, two college girls as coaches, and one C-STEM female teacher as a mentor and coordinator. We hope this leadership camp will enable them to serve as leaders and inspire other young girls to gain interest in science and technology through creating robotics clubs on their school campus and participating in the RoboPlay Competition on the C-STEM Day. All GIRL Camps are funded by various sponsors and free for camp participants. In addition, the camp participants are eligible for the Girl’s Leadership Award
ABC’s coverage of the camp
The curriculum is focused on
- Principles of Engineering
- Programming in C
- Film Production
- Women in IT
At the end of the camp, students create a multi-media presentation of their creation, similar to the RoboPlay Video Competition, and present it to parents and peers.
A camper working on her group’s robot video project
In addition, students learn important life skills including:
- Presentation skills
- Leadership skills
- Building confidence
- Breaking gender stereotypes
Hosting GIRL Camps
Please contact us if you would like to host a C-STEM GIRL Camp on your campus.
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 Successful Story
Testimonials from the Girls
The GIRL camp is funded by the NSF, NCWIT, UC Davis College of Engineering, and UC Davis University Outreach and International Programs.