Educational Technology

June 25, 2010

Camp designed to win girls over to technology

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The girls are among 24 middle school students participating in UIS’ Girl Tech 2010. The two-day camp, in its second year, aims to get girls interested in computer science and strengthen their technology skills. “The idea is to start with the things that are fun,” UIS computer science instructor Mary Sheila Tracy said. For example, this year’s sessions include “Explore the Robo-Jungle,” where girls can program a robot animal to hop and crawl, and “Spooky Alice!” which allows girls to use programming design software to create their own ghost story using 3D objects and characters. The camp, which is for girls starting seventh through ninth grades in the fall, concludes today. “We have no illusions that we’re going to be able to teach them everything, but this is to light that spark of inspiration so that they want to know more,” Tracy said.

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