Brentwood Los Angeles, CA
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Jan 18, 2020 - May 18, 2020
Using Lego NXT EV3 kits, participants of the program will build their own robots and learn how to code them. Additionally, with the integration of field trips, specialist speakers, group discussions, and STEM related activities, the participants will be given the opportunity to delve deeper into their own specific interests.
Provided by Paige and Brentwood School

Program Dates & Times

Saturday March 28, 8 AM - 1 PM

Saturday April 4, 8 AM - 1 PM

Saturday April 11, 8 AM - 1 PM

Saturday April 18, 8 AM - 1 PM

Saturday April 25, 8 AM - 1 PM

Saturday May 2, 8 AM - 1 PM

Grade(s)

5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade

Cost

The cost for participating in the program will be $200 per participant. This cost will contribute towards snacks and lunch for all six sessions. As well, this cost will cover addition items that the participants will be receiving, such as personalized backpacks and sweatshirts!

More About the Program

A Girl's Guide to Coding is designed to teach young women the basics of STEAM principles so they can delve deeper into coding and engineering in their future, as well as inspiring them to explore STEAM topics that can make an impact upon their own communities. The program focuses on two main principles: coding and engineering. The participants will be building Lego NXT robots and coding them to compete in an obstacle course assembled and created by the girls. The first three sessions will consist of building, and the remaining three will focus on coding the robots and testing them. A huge part of the program is teaching participants how to be collaborative with one another - it is easier to solve problems in a group rather than tackling them by oneself. Throughout the program, fun science/STEAM activities will allow the participants to delve deeper into their own specific interests. Additionally, participants will watch a documentary called CodeGirl and hear from a guest speaker to show how their passion for Computer Science can have a real impact on other people's lives. The documentary and guest speaker will inspire the girls to continue learning about computer science and engineering. The program will end with an obstacle course that will allow the participants to showcase their robot's abilities and a medal ceremony crowning specific robots leaders in four different categories: creativity, best decoration, speed, and most improvement. Participants will leave the program with a vast knowledge in programming and engineering that will be able to support them in their future endeavors in the STEAM community. Most importantly, the program strives to create a fun but educational environment that supports fellow young women!


Schedule

Meeting 1: Saturday March 28 8AM-1PM

Introduction to Building and Keynote Speaker Session

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • icebreaking session with participants
  • encourages collaborative coding/collaborative problem solving
  • participants will divide into groups of 3 to construct their robots

8:30AM-10:30AM

  • introductory presentation on Lego NXT Kits
  • participants will begin to build their robots

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • guest speaker session
  • the participants will be given the opportunity to hear the story of a successful women in a STEAM field, afterwards they will be able to have a Q and A session with the speaker
  • serves to show potential career pathways or service opportunities that the participants can use/do with their new knowledge on STEAM topics

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • science experiment session
  • participants will create their own "lava lamp" lip glosses and learn the science behind them
  • highlights the artistic outlook on STEAM activities

Meeting 2 : Saturday April 4 8AM-1PM

Continuation of Building and Streaming of CodeGirl Movie

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • sweatshirt designing session
  • during this time, participants will be given the opportunity to design sweatshirts that will arrive by the end of the camp

8:30AM-10:30AM

  • participants will continue building their robots

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • participants will watch the first half of the CodeGirl Movie

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • participants will watch the second half of the CodeGirl Movie and will discuss the main themes/topics together as a group afterwards

Meeting 3: Saturday April 11 8AM-1PM

Introduction to Coding and Binary Session

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • journalling exercise
  • during this time participants will have some time to reflect on their experience thus far and will be able to decorate their program journal
  • they will record their progress in this journal 

8:30AM-9:30AM

  • participants will finish building their robots

9:30AM-10:30AM

  • introductory lesson on Lego NXT programming software

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • participants will design together the obstacle course that their robots will compete on

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • participants will end the day with a quick lesson on the binary number system
  • they will finish with a friendship bracelet activity using one color bead to symbolize zeros and another to symbolize ones they will then give bracelets to their peers

Meeting 4: Saturday April 18 8AM-1PM

Continuation of Coding and Robot Decorating

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • robot decorating session 
  • during this time, participants will be given the opportunity to decorate their robots

8:30AM-10:30AM

  • participants will begin coding their robots to "win" the obstacle course that they designed

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • participants add sensors/addition parts to their robots to suite their code

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • participants will finish coding their robots

Meeting 5: Saturday April 25 8AM-1PM

Debugging and Bath Bomb Creations

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • passing out of backpacks and accessories from the program

8:30AM-10:30AM

  • participants will debug their programs and perfect their code

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • participants will work on Google presentations on their robots in their teams
  • these presentations will cover the highlights and lowlights of their experience building their robots and coding them

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • participants will make their own bath bombs and learn the science behind them

Meeting 6: Saturday May 2 8AM-1PM

Race Day and Presentations

8AM

  • participants arrive

8AM-8:30AM

  • participants will set up the obstacle course for their robots

8:30AM-10:30AM

  • participants will present their presentations to the group

10:30AM-10:45AM

  • snack

10:45AM-11:45AM

  • participants will race their robots on the obstacle course

11:45AM-12:15PM

  • lunch

12:15PM-1PM

  • participants will vote and then have an award ceremony
  • awards will be for
    • fastest robot
    • most fashionable robot
    • most creative robot
    • most improved robot

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