Robot Springboard @ Drexel University

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Robot Springboard @ Drexel Dragon

BREAKING NEWS!  We are delighted to announced that we just learned that Robot Springboard @ Drexel University received a grant from NCWIT (The National Center for Women and Information Technology) for the summer of 2016!  This means the camp will be held again!  If you are interested in the camp please email us and we will notify you once the applications go live.

Robot Springboard @ Drexel University is a weeklong technology camp for middle school girls from West Philadelphia area schools.  The camp will be held August 5th through the 9th with two sessions available (9:00 AM to Noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM).  No prior experience with technology is needed to attend.

All girls at both sessions will attend a daily lunchtime symposium (12 - 1:30 PM) where presentations will be given by women in the Philadelphia area who are working in tech fields as well as college students who are studying computer science.  Lunch and snacks are included as part of the camp.

During the sessions, girls will learn computer programming techniques as well as the basics of robotics.  In addition to this work, they will brainstorm to develop an idea for a technology solution addressing a social need or concern in their communities.  (For example, an App that would help people find recycling centers or a program that would help the elderly order and keep track of medications.)

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 large part by an NCWIT Aspire IT grant.  We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Drexel University Computer Science department in helping to organize and host this program.

The camp will culminate with a technology showcase and celebration on the final day.  Girls will demonstrate to friends and family their newly acquired computer skills and also present the concept of their technology solution.  A buffet dinner will be provided.

The cost for the camp is $40, which includes all activities described above.  A limited number of scholarships are available.  If you are interested in attending please complete the application below.

At the end of the application, there are two questions which read:  "Please tell us about any prior experience you have with computers or technology" and "In 200 words or less please tell us about yourself and why you want to attend the Robot Springboard Technology Camp @ Drexel University".  Applicants may wish to prepare their responses to these questions before beginning the application.

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