Portage, IN
Nov 1, 2018 - Nov 21, 2018
A near-peer, introductory, quick-paced 15-day computer science program for middle school girls from under-served communities that attend the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana. From building apps to building light-up greeting cards, to building systems with Arduino, the girls will gain the skills and enthusiasm to complete a project of their choice with the help of a high school mentor that can be showcased to parents and the community.
Provided by Sanja and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana

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

Program Dates & Times

Tuesday, October 23: Recruitment Day 5:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 2, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, November 5, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Tuesday, November 6, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, November 8, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 9, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, November 12, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, November 15, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 16, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, November 19, 2018: 4:00pm-5:00pm*

*Take projects to Board Meeting at Aylesworth Elementary School

Tuesday, November 20, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, November 21, 2018: 4:00pm-6:00pm


4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


Cost: $0.00

Must be a Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana member; sign up at your local club to participate!

The Portage High School Robotics is providing scholarships for 2 $35 memberships and 6 $10 memberships. Contact the Boys & Girls Club for information!

More About the Program

Share Circles will be for social reflection in groups of 4 that will rotate weekly. End of day reflections will be technically focused. Members will be discussing Social Issues such as: ethnicity and race, girl power, imposter syndrome, homelessness, bullying, and environmental damage. Girls will be encouraged to identify strengths and weaknesses, change personal beliefs for the better, develop a growth mindset, and take leadership. 

A Recruitment Day is planned for October 20 at which parents and their girls will learn about the content that will be covered in the camp as well as why women should be in tech. Parents and kids will work on a tech project together from a set list (Makey-Makey dance game, Website design,  video game storyline and creation, and multiple Lego Mindstorm robot construction and programming projects).

Topics Covered by Day:

  1. CS Unplugged (how computers think; what does "to program" mean; how is information processed)
  2. Scratch (drag-and-drop programming; variables, if-else, simple commands)
  3. Scratch (continued: functions, loops, databases)
  4. Web Development / Graphic Design (logo, animation, web design)
  5. App Inventor (drag-and-drop programming; sensor integration, databases)
  6. Electricity and Electronics (hardware)
  7. Arduino
  8. Arduino
  9. Rube Goldberg machine
  10. Presentation
  11. Project
  12. Project
  13. Project
  14. Project and Practice
  15. Commencement

*Note that days 10-14 are all working on that big project on the topic of their choice.




November 1, 2018:  She Can Tech Session I starts

  1. Participant and Release Forms due; check photo-permission and make list

  2. Participant Pre-Survey

  3. Ice-Breaker; Share Circles

  4. Expectations & Agreements (Skills, Knowledge, Attitudes, or Beliefs)

  5. Computational Knowledge

  6. CS Unplugged Activity

November 2, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 2

  1. Programming with Scratch

November 5, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 3

  1. Programming with Scratch

November 6, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 4

  1. Web Development/Graphic Design

November 7, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 5

  1. Programming in App Inventor

November 8, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 6

  1. Electricity and Electronics

November 11, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 7

  1. Robotics: Arduino

November 12, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 8

  1. Robotics: Arduino

November 13, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 9

  1. Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering Design Process

  2. Rube Goldberg Machine Prototyping

  3. Final Construction and Testing

November 14, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 10

  1. Practice Project Presentations

  2. Presentations of Projects to Peers 

  3. Pictures and Filters

November 15, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 11

  1. Share Circles

  2. Topic Project

November 18, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 12

  1. Tech Panel

  2. Break-Out Groups

  3. Topic Project

November 19, 2018: She Can Tech S1 Day 13

  1. Speaker: Jennifer Jain, computer engineer

  2. Break-Out Groups

  3. Topic Project

November 20, 2018: She Can Tech Day S1 14

  1. Speaker: Jennifer Jain

  2. Presentation Practice and Compilation

November 21, 2018: She Can Tech Session I ends

  1. Presentations

  2. Graduation Ceremony and SWAG distribution

  3. Closing Remarks

  4. Group Photos!