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Monday, May 4, 2015

Girl Tech camp teaches middle schoolers about technology

WHAT: Join the University of Illinois Springfield’s Computer Science Department for two days of fun exploring technology during Girl Tech 2015.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: University Hall Building (UHB) on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Studies show the number of women in higher education in computer science is falling drastically. Girl Tech is geared toward girls in middle school because interest seems to start decreasing around that age.

Highlighting the sessions this year is an investigation of DNA: just how close is human DNA to that of a strawberry? New technology will include an introduction to drawing with 3D pens.

Other activities include “What’s in the Box?” where participants will explore the inside of a computer’s hardware. Girls will create their own computer games with Scratch. They’ll also use hi-tech design tools to create a Girl Tech 2015 t-shirt to take home.

The registration fee is $30 per girl, which covers lunch both days, snacks and a participation t-shirt. To be eligible to participate, the girl must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2015. For more information about the camp and to register visit http://csc.uis.edu/girltech/. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 4, 2015.

For more information, contact Mary Sheila Tracy, camp coordinator and UIS Computer Science instructor, at 217/206-7328 or girlTech@uis.edu.

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