Dance with robots. Stage your own rave reel. Visit Vimeo. Meet a mentor.
Girls currently in 10th and 11th grade can spend seven summer weeks doing all of these things and more at the 'Girls Who Code 2014 Summer Immersion Program.' The third annual program takes place in nine cities on both coasts this summer: Boston, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and four Silicon Valley cities in California (Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose and San Ramon.)
All of the instruction, field trips, materials and presentations are free. Housing, however, is not provided; you need to have a summer residence within commuting distance. Lucky out-of-towners who have friends or family to host them are eligible to apply.
This selective program is geared to girls who are eager to learn more about technology. The desire for a computer science career is not necessary. The innovators at Girls Who Code know that acquiring technological skills will benefit our future health care providers, media professionals, business leaders, educators and more. The goal is to equip high school girls with 21st century competencies, bolster their technological self-confidence and encourage their exploration into emerging STEM fields.
In addition to acquiring computer science skills, girls will develop their public speaking, leadership and entrepreneurial skills and engage in team building activities led by female mentors. They will also get an insider's view of technology companies and meet leaders from sponsors such as Twitter, Ebay, General Electric, Microsoft, Google and many more.
While a deep curiosity about technology is required, it is not necessary that applicants be at the top of their class or have prior knowledge. Bright girls with a variety of strengths are welcome. More good news: two recommendations are needed but only contact information must be submitted before the March 5 deadline. Soon after, recommenders of finalists will be contacted to complete a survey. Final selections of students will be made before the end of April. Apply here.