Summer Immersion Program
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer science education, pairing seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career-focused mentorship and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.
Key programmatic components of the Girls Who Code Immersion Program include:
SKILLS: Seven weeks of intensive instruction in computer science, robotics, algorithms, web design, and mobile development
EXPOSURE: Speakers, demos, workshops, and presentations from female engineers and entrepreneurs; field trips to technology companies, startups, academic institutions and more
MENTORSHIP: Top female executives, entrepreneurs and engineers provide career and academic mentorship
“Girls Who Code was not just a coding program. I learned how to speak in front of a crowd, how to pitch my products to engineers, and how to teach others. I discovered that I can build my own applications and games and found my true passion. Girls Who Code gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me to see what I can accomplish in my life. I now know who I am, what I want to do, and how I am going to get there.” — Nikita, 16
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds 20 rising high school juniors and seniors inside a technology company or university setting from 9-4PM each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and encourage their pursuit of computer science.
Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the News Corp allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities.
“Our support for this initiative represents our commitment to invest in, encourage and empower more women pursuing opportunities in technology.”
—Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Across all indicators, girls reported having a positive experience in the 2014 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, and demonstrate increased confidence, awareness of opportunities in computing, and intention to pursue computing in the future. The girls developed a tangible community, which not only fostered their interest in CS and their confidence, but will also persist with them and provide needed support as they continue in the field.
In 2014, our Summer Immersion Program achieved the following anecdotal and metrics-based outcomes:
- 94% of participants said they were definitely or more likely to consider a major/minor in computer science.
- 85% of girls agreed or agreed a lot that they would like to be a computer scientist.
- 99% would recommend the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program to other girls.
In their final projects, participants have designed and built a mobile applications to help handicapped New Yorkers navigate the city’s streets and subways, encourage girls to pursue math and science, a Twitter-based application to start book clubs with peers across the country, video games with complex layers, and even created an LED light up umbrella!
Following the program, many Girls Who Code alumnae returned to their schools to start Girls Who Code Clubs. They recruited other young women by wowing them with their newfound skills and taught semester-long courses at their schools. They petitioned principals and teachers to offer computer science courses, many of whom have taken this on.
This is just the beginning.
Q: Girls Who Code is awesome, but there isn’t a Summer Immersion Program in my city. How can I bring Girls Who Code to my community?
A: Start a Girls Who Code Club! Click here to learn more.
Q: I am going to be out of town during the Summer Immersion Program dates. Should I still apply?
A: All program participants must be able to commit to attending the entire 7-week program. We hope you’ll chose to spend your summer with us. It’s worth it!
Q: Where are the 2015 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs located?
A: Girls Who Code currently has summer programs in:
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Mountain View, CA
- Newark, NJ
- New York, NY
- Palo Alto, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- San Jose, CA
- San Ramon, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Springfield, MA
- Washington, DC
Q: Who is eligible to apply for Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs?
A: Applicants must:
Be current sophomores or juniors in high school.
Possess a U.S. address.
Commit to attending the full 7-week program in their respective location. The program runs Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm daily.
Commute to and from program every day. Girls Who Code will work with participants to coordinate transportation as needed. Transportation stipends will be provided to local students who have financial need. Housing and travel considerations for non-local students are not provided.
WE VALUE A DIVERSE CLASSROOM AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROM:
All ambitious girls interested in exploring opportunities in technology and computer science. Prior computer science experience is not required!
Girls of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The programs are free for all participants. Transportation stipends will be made available for students with limited financial resources.
Q: How do I apply to attend a Summer Immersion Program?
A: Our 2015 application is now closed, but please fill out this interest form to stay informed with any program updates!
Q: Why should I learn computer science?
A. The skills developed through computer science education can be applied to any field you chose to pursue in the future, including art, finance, medicine, retail and more. It is a subject that encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, and logical thinking. All of these qualities contribute to the fact that Computer Science majors are the highest paid their first year out of college – not a bad bonus!
Q: How can I start a Girls Who Code Club in my community?
A: If you are interested in starting a Club at your school, local library, or community center, click here for more information and a link to the application.
If you are a qualified computer scientist, programmer, or developer who is interested in instructing a club as a volunteer, please click here to sign the interest form.