Murrysville, PA
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Jun 24, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019
FEAT is a summer camp for middle school girls at a local high school. Our goal is to give girls the opportunity to explore computer science and information technology in a friendly, fun, and supportive environment. This camp is run by experienced computer science girls from our high school.
Provided by Courtney and Franklin Regional School District

Program Dates & Times

June 24-27, 2019

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Grade(s)

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

Cost

Free

More About the Program

FEAT will include an introduction to many programming languages. Girls will explore block-based languages, such as Scratch, through programs like Vidcode, Khan Academy, and Google CS First. Girls will also learn a little bit about text-based languages, such as Java, Python, HTML, and CSS, through Codecademy, Khan Academy, and more. Throughout the camp, guest speakers will join us via video call, and the girls can ask the women in technology about their jobs, how they got there, and their advice for middle schools girls interested in STEM. The girls will also complete a project dealing with a social issue to present to an audience of parents and guardians at the end of the camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?

All girls rising to grades 6, 7, 8, or 9. Please note that if the student has participated in FEAT previously, we will put them on the waiting list to allow as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to participate.

Who is teaching the camp?

Courtney, the Program Leader, will be a senior at FR in the fall and has been involved with FEAT for three years. She has been coding since 7th grade, and is involved with many different STEM and CS activities. The camp staff are also girls in computer science and STEM at FR. The high school's computer science teacher will also be helping with the camp.

Where is the camp?

Franklin Regional Senior High School.  Camp staff will meet students at the main entrance.

Is the student responsible for bringing their own lunch?

Yes, unless otherwise specified by the camp staff.  Snacks will be provided. 

What is NCWIT AspireIT?

NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking through fun, creative environments that are supported by partner organizations from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their partner organizations fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, develops valuable leadership skills, and builds a community of like-minded peers. 


Schedule

On Monday, the camp staff and students will get to know each other through some icebreaker games. The girls will be introduced to a couple of basic languages, and be encouraged to complete activities and explore on their own for a little bit. The Program Leader and camp volunteers will help teach the topics.

On Tuesday, the girls will explore a couple more languages in the morning. On the first two days, guest speakers will talk to the class via video call. These women in computer science are eager to talk about their jobs and how they got there, as well as answer any questions the girls might have. Talking with these strong female role models is a great opportunity for girls interested in STEM to get a feel for what they can do in their future. Later in the day, the social issue project will be introduced, and the girls will be encouraged to start brainstorming ideas and laying out their projects.

On Wednesday, the group will likely take a field trip to a technology company's office in Pittsburgh. Women who work at this company will take the girls on a tour of the facility, encouraging them to ask questions along the way. The girls will also participate in a hands-on activity. After the tour on Wednesday, the girls will return to the high school and continue working on their social issue project.

On Thursday, girls will continue to troubleshoot and improve their social issue projects, with camp volunteers helping when they get stuck. In the afternoon, students' guardians are invited to see the girls present their social issue project to show what they have learned in the camp. Lunch will be provided for the girls and their families. 

Register for FEAT (Females Embrace Awesome Technology) !

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