Four Weeks of Computer Science Fun
G2CS, an imaginative new way to introduce 7th- and 8th-grade girls to computer science (CS), starts with a four-week-long summer day camp held at Pacific University.
Leaders & Mentors
G2CS has been created by and will be run by enthusiastic female instructors, including Pacific University computer science faculty. They have designed G2CS to appeal to middle school girls with a love of science and technology. Middle school teachers, and undergraduate computer science majors will assist the camp leaders and actively participate in the G2CS community.
Activities and Schedule
G2CS camp days will be packed with hands-on activities (no lectures!) and opportunities for campers to experiment and delve deeper into their love of technology and science. Campers will make videos, blog, take field trips to visit female CS professionals, and make an overnight trip to Seattle, where we will tour Microsoft, Amazon, and the University of Washington Computer Science Department. Campers start their day at 9am and finish at 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. In order to help create a true community of learners, plenty of time for socializing is built into the daily schedule. Most lunch breaks will be dedicated to physical activity, such as kickball, soccer, volleyball, or softball.
Topics & Field Trips
Each week of the G2CS camp focuses on a different topic within CS. Take a look at the 2011 schedule to get an idea what a typical week looks like.
During the second week of the G2CS camp, girls, teachers, instructors, and undergraduate assistants will adventure out for an overnight field trip. In 2011, it took them to the Oregon coast where they explored the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Museum. In 2012, the overnight was to the Seattle area where they visited Microsoft, Amazon and University of Washington's Computer Science Department.
These trips involve socializing, physical activities, expanded learning experiences and insight into college life. On the Seattle trip, campers slept in a college dorm and ate in the dining hall for a true college experience.
The camp is free! G2CS, generously supported by the National Science Foundation, will cover the cost of public transportation to and from Pacific University, meals, field trips, and an overnight trip.