2018 Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University 

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Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University is a one week summer camp for elementary or middle school girls who have finished grades 5 to 8 by the time camp begins and will be in grades 6 through 9 in the school year following camp.  The camp will be held from August 6th to August 10th (2018). 

The cost for attending is $60, this includes all lunches, snacks and the Technology Showcase. A limited number of scholarships are available.


About the Camp

There are four parts to the Robot Springboard Technology Camp:

(1) “Group think" and brainstorming exercises: attendees will learn about project managment, teamwork skills and leadership skills.

(2) Lego Mindstorms robotics kits and NXT programming language: students will learn about robot construction, programming and the use of digital and analog sensors.

(3) Brainstorming Social Solutions: Each day the girls will work in small groups to identify a social or societal challenge in their community they can help address with a technology solution.  They will then brainstorm to research and develop their solution such as an app that helps identify local recycling centers or helps the elderly order and track medications.  They do not have to create the actual technology solution but they should be able to describe and define their idea.

(4) Career Exposure:  Each day women working and teaching in computer science and technical fields will speak to the girls at lunchtime and share with them their experiences and excitement with working in technology fields.


Participants may attend either a three hour morning session (9:00 AM - Noon) or a three hour afternoon session (1:30 - 4:30 PM).  All participants will attend a lunchtime session (Noon to 1:30) where they will gain career exposure by listening to and speaking with a different woman working in technology each day.  The program will run Monday through Friday and conclude with a "Technology Showcase" on Friday afternoon where attendees will be able to demonstrate their newly acquired robotics and programming skills.  The "Technology Showcase" will include a light buffet dinner as well as speakers and special media presentations.


The Robot Springboard Camp @ Drexel is designed to get middle school girls excited about exploring a career in technology and computer science. The goal of the camp is to empower the girls attending and help them realize they can be successful in technology.  The Robot Springboard camp @ Drexel is funded in part by an NCWIT Aspire IT grant.  We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics in helping to organize and host this program.




Application

Below is the application for the Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University.  There are two brief essays in the application: (1) "Please briefly describe any experience you have with computers or technology. (Prior experience is not necessary!), and (2) "In 200 words or less please briefly tell us about yourself and why you want to attend the Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University.” If the application below is not working, please click here


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A slideshow of previous Drexel Tech camps is viewable below!