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3 Empowering Coding Camps for Girls

Research shows that graduates of college degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) fields are likely to earn significantly more income than their peers do who graduate from non-STEM programs.

Unfortunately, girls make up only 24% of the STEM-related workforce. In this post, we talked about how women could help fill an untapped pool of talent in computer coding in the United States, earning better incomes along the way.

Today, we’ll share three fantastic summer opportunities that are a great fit for girls who are interested in computing-related STEM careers. The best part? Two of these camps — sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft — are completely free for your daughter to attend.

Microsoft’s DigiGirlz High Tech Camp – St. Louis
Microsoft holds a special girls-only high tech camp that works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. The camp, called DigiGirlz High Tech Camp, gives girls the opportunity to listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on workshops.

The program was established in 2000, and this August 6th and 7th, St. Louis will be one of seven cities in the nation to host the camp. The camp is free of charge, and interested girls can register here.

Girls Gather for Computer Science: 4 Week Camp
At the Girls Gather for Computer Science Camp (G2CS), 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to take an imaginative approach to computer science. The day camp is offered atPacific University in Oregon, and it’s offered at absolutely no charge to families.

G2CS is supported by the National Science Foundation, which covers the cost of public transportation to and from Pacific University, meals, field trips, and an overnight trip. Applications to G2CS are due February 13th, and can be found online.

App Camp for Girls
This inspiring camp for 12- to 14-year-old creative software developers was brand new in 2013, and its 2014 schedule is still in the works. The App Camp for Girls was held in Portland, Oregon in 2012, although the camp’s organizers hope to grow the camp outside of the Pacific Northwest in future summers.

In each of the camp’s week-long, girls-only sessions, girls brainstorm, design, code, and pitch their own apps. Camp supporters include Etsy and MacUpdate.

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