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Coding and Robotics Camp for Girls
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Why A Computing Camp Just For Girls?
Misconceptions About Girls In Computing

Come Join Our Girls-Only Coding and Robotics Camp!

This program will be a hands on adventure into the worlds of computer science and robotics.  You will be exposed to various coding languages and technologies such as Raptor, Processing, MIT App Inventor, Micro:bits, Arduino, VEX Robotics, RobotC and more.  You need to be curious and interested in exploring; you do not need any previous experience.

This class will operate out of High Technology High School located in Lincroft, NJ.  Mr. Roche and Mr. Hanas will be teaching the course assisted by their team of teaching assistants who are currently students at HTHS.
Week 1: Introduction to Coding
We’ll introduce you to basic concepts common to all computer programs and get you started on a number of interesting challenges. Whether working with a block language, JavaScript, Processing, or other languages, you’ll quickly discover what’s common to all of them. 
 You’ll have the opportunity to create circuits and interface them with 
an Arduino micro-controller. In only a few days we’ll have you confident to continue exploring on your own with a number of online resources, should you wish to do so.

We’ll have a number of professionals interacting with you via Google Hangouts. They all use coding in their jobs or current studies so you see what real professionals are doing.
We’ll end our first week with a morning specifically planned with you and your friends to further explore your favorite language or tech platforms.  Our teachers and TAs will help you apply your creativity to coding challenges.
Week 2:  On to Robotics
In the second week, you’ll apply your knowledge of coding and sensors to build and program Robots.  

But first we'll take a quick aside to create an App for your 'droid phone or tablet.  
You'll be introduced to the MIT App Inventor programming language which will be used to create interactive apps for Android phones and tablets.

Then we'll dive into robotics using the VEX Robotics System.  You'll use the coding concepts learned during the previous week to control a VEX robot that you will build in class! We'll begin with an exploration of various sensors that allow the robot to interact with the environment.  This will be followed by the construction of a robot that you will be able to drive with a remote control. All VEX robots will be programmed using the RobotC language.

Finally, you'll choose between participating in a VEX Robotics mini-competition or applying your creativity to a project of your choice using any of the materials previously covered.  

During this time, you will also have the opportunity to speak with a former student of HTHS who now works as a professor in MIT’s robotics lab.  You’ll see how what you’ve learned relates to the real world.