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Jul 11, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020
*Please note that registration is not actually closed, it is provided as a separate link listed below below*

Scratch That is an AspireIT program, run by students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, that encourages girls to explore computer science, inspiring curiosity and a love for learning. We will teach Scratch and basic programming concepts such as iterative loops, helper methods, and simple recursion. These concepts will be taught using Google’s CS First Program as a baseline along with mini-lectures, coding exercises and activities, and fun games with prizes. Throughout our program we will emphasize the social issue of mental health, specifically bullying.

This program will take place online from July 11 - August 15. Sessions will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET and is open to rising 2nd – 6th grade girls. The program cost is $95, which is spent on game prizes and subscription kits that students can use after the program ends.

If you are accepted into the program, the program leaders will reach out to you via email.

Apply here!: https://tinyurl.com/ScratchThatApply
Provided by Stuti and Give++


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

Program Dates & Times

*Please note that the application is not actually closed, you can apply by clicking here!* This program will take place online from July 11 - August 15. Sessions will be held on Saturday from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Grade(s)

2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

Cost

The program cost is $95 per participant, which is spent on subscription kits and game prizes along with guided lessons, activities, and games.

More About the Program

*Please note that the application is not actually closed, you can apply by clicking here!* To teach Scratch, we will be using activities from Google’s CS First Program as a baseline, as well as online games with prizes (e-gift cards), activities, and lessons on computer science concepts based on our own knowledge gained from AP Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and previous experience in engineering internships and as STEM nonprofit organizers. These computer science concepts include iterative loops, helper methods, and simple recursion. Using funds, we will also offer paid subscriptions to different STEM related platforms and kits for each student to use at their own pace after the program ends: possible subscriptions include BitBox, Girls Can! Crates, Tynker, Codakid, etc. Because each activity is customizable, we will introduce each lesson in a way that it revolves around our social issue of mental health awareness, specifically bullying, all the while allowing a great margin of creativity for students to express their own thoughts. Every class will be 2 hours long with 10-20 minute breaks in between. Upon completion of this program, each student will not only receive a certificate, but also acquire skills and a new passion for coding, as well as a sense of community made up of strong female engineers.

More about Stuti Gupta:

Stuti Gupta is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Throughout high school, she has taken courses such as AP Computer Science, Automation and Robotics, Mobile App Development, and Artificial Intelligence. She's worked as an engineering intern at startup Phone2Action, and is doing machine learning and human-computer interaction research at George Mason University. She has participated in multiple hackathons, winning prizes at HackTJ and Hack the Helyx, and has held a leadership position as a Teaching Co-lead for Coding Lady Colonials, a feminist-empowered coding club at TJHSST. Stuti hopes to bring her passion and coding background into creating an enriching environment for young girls to explore the world of coding. 

More about Khushmeet Chandi: 

Khushmeet Chandi is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She has taken advanced courses relating to computer science, including Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision. Khushmeet has also volunteered and interned for organizations such as Phone2Action, Smithsonian Associates, and the Pro Eco Azuero Foundation. In the past, she has directed many Give++ programs such as coding classes and organized large-scale STEM outreach events such as Techstravaganza. This summer, Khushmeet hopes to use her coding and teaching skills to lead the Scratch That program.

What is NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources and platforms for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

Why is this program important?

  • Technology increasingly permeates every aspect of society, yet girls and women in the U.S. are significantly underrepresented in its creation. Girls' lack of participation in this important and growing area has serious consequences, not only for them, but for the future of technology innovation.
  • Girls comprise 56% of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers and 47% of all AP Calculus test-takers, but only 22% of all AP CS test-takers.

  • Women earn 57% of all undergraduate degrees, but only 17% of all undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees.

  • Computing jobs are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying: the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2024, there will be more than 1.1 million computing-related job openings. At current rates, however, we can only fill about 41% of those jobs with U.S. computing undergraduates.

  • Girls represent a valuable, untapped talent pool. If technology is mostly designed by the half of our population who are men, we're missing out on the innovations, solutions, and creations that 50% of the population could bring.


For more information, contact Stuti.

Schedule

*Please note that the application is not actually closed, you can apply by clicking here!*

Day 1

  • Introduce leaders
  • Introduce computer science and Scratch and answer questions
  • AspireIT intro video
  • Introduce our topic (bullying) and why it is important
  • "Two truths and a lie" ice breaker
  • Go through the Google CSFirst "characterization activity" with students
  • Wrap-up with discussion and class summary

Day 2

  • "Six word story" ice breaker
  • Lesson about the importance of computer science with real life examples
  • Individual work on the "Interactive presentation" Google CSFirst activity with guidance
  • Students present projects
  • Wrap-up with discussion and class summary as well as start preparing questions for guest speaker

Day 3

  • "Skribbl.io pictionary" ice breaker
  • Guest speaker speech and Q&A
  • Mini lesson on loops
  • Jeopardy
  • Wrap-up with discussion and class summary

Day 4

  • "Would you rather?" ice breaker
  • Work on Google CSFirst activity of choice (choices include "Animate a Name", "Code Your Hero", and "Pitch Your Passion") 
  • Wrap-up with discussion and class summary

Day 5

  • "Bingo" ice breaker
  • Students present last week's projects
  • Short lesson on helper functions and simple recursion
  • "Robuzzle" game
  • Wrap-up with discussion and class summary as well as discuss future endeavors

Day 6

  • "Fish bowl" ice breaker
  • Program discussion
  • Online scavenger hunt
  • Mini lesson on CS opportunities students can pursue after the program
  • AspireIT outro video
  • Wrap-up with discussion and full program survey, graduation, and questions