At our first session of appsForGirls camp, we exposed 21 middle school girls to a world of app development and fun computer science! This camp would not have been successful without PHS's AP Computer Science teacher and adviser Mrs. Elia, the program leader Grace, our helpers Ashley, Simran, and Satya, guidance counselor Mrs. Shah, and PHS principal Mr. Snyder.
Here are some highlights from the week:
TIGER LABS FIELD TRIP
Mid way through, we went on a field trip to Tiger Labs, an entrepreneurial center that accelerates software companies, to give the girls a glimpse of CS+Business in the real world and hopefully spark inspiration for their own apps. The girls got a tour of the workspace and listened to Trish Ryan, the managing director, Daniel Scibienski, an educator working on a teaching app, and Audrey Chen, a product designer, speak. They all emphasized the power of teamwork, which the girls applied while working on their final projects.
Ooooh a puppy!
We had two speakers this year. Arunesh Mathur, a graduate student from the Princeton Human Computer Interaction Lab, gave a very interesting presentation on usable security to expose the girls to a different side of CS. Christine Tu, an IT director from Bank of America, talked about her personal journey as a female in technology, discussed the endless career possibilities with a computer science background, and gave advice to the girls for continuing in computer science.
CODE GIRL MOVIE & SHE++ DOCUMENTARY
On the first day of the program, we watched the she++ 12 minute documentary, which explained the reasons behind the shortage of girls in computer science particularly in Stanford and Silicon Valley and solutions for the problem. The short film additionally detailed female role models in tech, went through statistics, and debunked stereotypes. Prior to the final project, girls then viewed a screening of Code Girl to gain inspiration. The movie followed Technovation teams around the world who were identifying an issue in their community, programming an app, making a business plan, and pitching their product. We also watched a TED talk from Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani during lunch one day. Afterwards, we discussed the topics presented as a group.
EATING LUNCH OUTSIDE
The girls requested to eat outside one day, and that's exactly what we did! Everyone gathered around the flagpole right outside the high school for pasta, fruit, and lemonade. We also had a mini photoshoot and the girls played games in the sun.
FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS + ICECREAM PARTY
Check out the final projects here.