INTech Technology Camp

INTech Coding Camp for Middle School Girls
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:30am
Woodward Hall

INTECH is inspiring more young women to pursue technology by teaching 25 young girls computing concepts with fun, interactive activities through NCWIT AspireIT – a
technology outreach program for girls at the middle school level supported by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Google.

INTech will get girls IN the conversation. Women have made immeasurable contributions to the field of Information Technology, yet they are seen as outsiders. INTech is here to INform and INspire girls to INnovate in the tech field. To inform, there will be an open discussion to dispel myths about technology that camp participants may have. To inspire, women who are leading the way in technology in Charlotte will share their experiences with participants, so that they will gain a deeper understanding of what a career in technology looks like. To inspire, the girls will use the MIT AppInventor in order to build their own Android apps. Khalia Braswell, an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award recipient, will lead the camp, which she designed in
partnership with the Stars Computing Corps and EmpowHERment, Inc. Recent data show that girls comprise 56% of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers and 46% of all AP
Calculus test-takers, but only 19% of all AP CS test-takers. At the college level, women earn just 18% of all computer and information sciences bachelor’s degrees. The “near-peer” approach of enlisting high school or college students to teach students just a few years behind them can be an effective way to encourage girls to consider a field they might not have otherwise pursued.

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