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GIRL+ Camp

C-STEM GIRL+ (Girls in Robotics Leadership+) Camps    

 


All GIRL+ Camps  in different regions are funded by various sponsors and attendance is FREE for camp participants. Camp participants are eligible for the Girl’s Leadership Award.
The 1-week C-STEM GIRL+ Camps are focused on

  1. Motivating girls in high school through peer mentoring by female college students to learn leadership and STEM concepts through a fun and exciting physical computing with Arduino and robotics curriculum.
  2. Providing life-changing experience and inspiration to campers, encouraging them to pursue computing related STEM careers and post-secondary studies.
  3. Empowering campers 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, outreaching to elementary and middle schools, and participating in RoboPlay Competition.

Curriculum:

The GIRL+ curriculum is focused on:

  • Physical Computing with Arduino and Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Programming in RoboBlockly and Ch/C/C++
  • Film Production
  • Women in IT

In addition, students learn important life skills including:

  • Teamwork skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Building confidence
  • Breaking gender stereotypes

At the end of the camp, student teams create a multimedia presentation of their creation, including a video for RoboPlay Video Competition, and present it to parents and peers. The teacher mentor and coaches will select up to two best videos from the presentations for possible submission to participate in  the next year’s RoboPlay Video Competition.


Camp Participants

Each camp will have 20 high school girls entering 10th, 11th, or 12th 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 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, programming, and video editing
  • work well with young girls
  • be willing to attend a 1-day on-line training session on a Saturday in late spring or early summer.

Camp Mentors

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

Equipment

Each camp will use a set of Arduino kits,  Linkbot or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3, or combination, as well as virtual Linkbot and Mindstorms NXT/EV3 in RoboSim and RoboBlockly. Most C-STEM schools/districts shall already have these robotics equipment.

GIRL + Camp in the News!

8/3/2018 GIRL+ Camp Introduces High School Girls to Programming and Robotics

9/7/2018 Good Day Sacramento: Suds for Science Preview 

GIRL+ Camp Testimonials:

  • “I’ve seen not only in myself but also in all of the other girls, their confidence grew so much as they’re learning about this code. It’s great to see these people change in front of you over the course of one short week.”
  • “It definitely made me think about how I really wanted to do this [STEM] and that it wasn’t just a random idea that I get.”
  • “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this awesome program! I’ll never forget this experience, especially that one key piece of advice to simply go for it!”
  • “I really enjoyed this camp and I think it’s a really important program for getting more girls interested in C STEM and robotics. Thank you for creating this camp!”

Interested in hosting a GIRL+ Camp for girls in your area?

We will pilot GIRL+ camp at UC Davis in summer 2018. If you are interested in hosting a GIRL+ Camp, please check out C-STEM GIRL Camp Affiliate Program and email us at girlcamp@c-stem.ucdavis.edu.

Fundraising

To sustain and expand the GIRL/GIRL+ Camp program, the Center seeks endowment funding and support from federal and state funding agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. If you are interested in making a contribution, seeking joint funding opportunities, or having any ideas for raising funds for GIRL/GIRL+, please contact us.