Irvine, CA
Feb 13, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019
#Innovate is a technology camp held in cooperation with UCI Women in Information and Computer Sciences and Lakeside Middle School. The workshops are meant to foster a confidence and an interest in computing for girls in middle school. Girls will learn game design through Scratch, robotics with Sphero, coding using web development platforms such as HTML and integrated JavaScript, and iOS + Android app development through Thunkable. The last day will allow the girls to create their own projects to take home on a flashdrive, with any of the skills learned throughout the camp. March 29th will also be a corporate tour of Google Irvine!
Provided by Avika and University of California Irvine

Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.

Program Dates & Times

Workshops will be held for a total of 8 sessions, every Wednesday February 13 through March 27 from 3-5 p.m at Lakeside Middle School. The last meeting will be at Google Irvine for a corporate tour of the headquarters. Each day will introduce a new topic, and the last three workshops will allow students to create their own project to solve an issue in our community. We will have multiple female engineer speakers to talk with the students about a career in computer science. 


6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade


This program will be free of cost for all participants.

More About the Program

Our first workshop will teach students HTML/CSS, giving the girls the opportunity to create their own portfolios. The next 5 days, the girls will work in teams to create a Scratch game that can be played using a hand-made Makey Makey controller, Sphero robotics, and Thunkable apps. Our #Innovate Days are where all girls will get the opportunity to use what they learned and create a solution to address a global social issue. They will be mentored by UCI university students and invited computer science professionals from around Irvine. All parents will be invited to see the girls' projects, and participants will have the opportunity to take their projects home on a flashdrive. Each week will feature female guest speakers and activities to build a sense of girls-in-computer-science unity!


Various sessions of the program will feature real-world applications in global issues, and each day of workshops will feature a different core technology. The girls will get the chance to meet multiple female guest speakers from the tech industry, and they'll also have the chance to create a final project to showcase to the campers' families. Throughout the workshops, girls will get help from UCI student mentors and trained high school volunteers, as well as the opportunity to interact with female computer scientists at local companies.