The Girls Leadership Camp was held on Monday, July 22, 2013 through Friday, July 26, 2013. The 2013 Girls Leadership Camp was funded by a grant of $5,000 from NCWIT’s ApireIT Middle School Outreach Program and organized by the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) and College of Engineering with help from three female college students as coaches as well as 6 high school girls serving as assistant coaches. The 2013 Girls Leadership Camp included two main ideas: introduce girls to robotics and encourage them to pursue STEM fields. 15 girls participated in this first Girls Leadership Camp.
Girls Leadership Camp
The goal of the Girls Leadership Camp is to motivate girls in middle school to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts through a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum. The girls learn leadership skills and meet inspiring women leaders working with science and technology
The campers were introduced to the concepts of computing and robotics. They were shown the Engineering Design Process which they used throughout the week to solve the robotic challenges given to them throughout the week. The campers then took lunch breaks at the Tercero Dining Commons and toured the campus dormitories and lecture halls. After their tour they returned to creatively making robot movies and solving robotic challenges. Interspersed in their daily activities, inspirational women leaders came in to speak to the campers.
Robot Video Group Project
The robot video was designed to introduce girls to filmmaking and the creative process involved in making a full length film while still thinking about the needs of the world. Campers created a video showcasing the potential ways Linkbots could help humans.
Testimonials from the Girls
The Girls Leadership Camp concluded with an awards ceremony for the camp. Sruti Modekurty, the head of the Girls for Computing and Robotics Club presented the UC Davis leadership awards to the middle school campers for their exceptional work in C-STEM education.
|Back Row: Alex Bittle, Kruti Modekurty, Abijah Williams, Jordan Criswell, Malaysia Hilliard, Amanda Johnston, Sruti Modekurty, Heidi Espindola
Middle Row: Professor Harry Cheng, Tessa Bomke, Kaylee Kazee, Njeri Kiambati, Abrejiah Jordan, Vianca Hurtado, Gretchen Lai,
Kirandeep Baath, Theresa Fernandez, Leilani Hernandez
Front Row: Asha Cooper, Sienna Tubridy, Eve Banas, Kylee Krzanich, Cassie Reyes, Elisabeth Low, Kylie Cox