Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Candidates that meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:
  • Must be a current sophomore or junior in high school *
  • Participants must commit to attending the full 8-week program in New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Davis, or Detroit. The program runs Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
*Girls from the following schools in New York City are also eligible to apply: IS 204 – Oliver W. Holmes, IS 217- Roosevelt Island, MS 406- Global Tech and PS 111- Jacob Blackwell


The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer science education, pairing 300+ hours of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.
Key programmatic components of the Girls Who Code Immersion Program include:
SKILLS: 8 weeks of intensive instruction in computer science, robotics, algorithms, web design, and mobile development
EXPOSURE: 50+ speakers, demos, workshops, and presentations from female engineers and entrepreneurs; field trips to technology companies, startups, academic institutions and more
MENTORSHIP: Top female executives, entrepreneurs and engineers provide career and academic mentorship

In 2013, Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs will launch in partnership with Twitter, eBay, Intel, AT&T, GE, Goldman Sachs, Cornell Tech, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and IAC.

“Girls Who Code was not just a coding program. I learned how to speak in front of a crowd, how to pitch my products to engineers, and how to teach others. I discovered that I can build my own applications and games and found my true passion. Girls Who Code gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me to see what I can accomplish in my life. I now know who I am, what I want to do, and how I am going to get there.” — Nikita, 16

In its signature 8-week program, Girls Who Code embeds 20 high school juniors inside a technology company or university setting from 9-5PM each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and encourage their pursuit of computer science.
Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors that serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the United Nations allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.
The Girls Who Code program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities.

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