High school girls interested in computer science are encouraged to apply. Photo courtesy Girls Who Code
High school girls interested in computer science are encouraged to apply. Photo courtesy Girls Who Code

Free STEM Summer Camp from Girls Who Code Opens Registration

Looking for more than mindless hanging out and screentime for your teenage daughter this summer? Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science fields, is once again offering its FREE summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The 7-week STEM summer camp offering FREE coding lessons and more crucial skills will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the program is happening in summer 2019. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open!

What: The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program pairs seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with career-focused mentorship, led by female entrepreneurs and engineers.

Who: Young women of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds who attend school in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. No prior computer programming experience is necessary. In fact, the program is actually for beginners. Those who have had AP computer science are not eligible for this program.

Additionally, the applicant must be: 

  • A U.S. resident
  • A current high school sophomore or junior
  • Able to commit to the entire seven-week program

Where: Boston; New York City; Stamford, Connecticut; Newark and Jersey City, NJ; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Chicago; Houston and Dallas; and Los Angeles are a few of the participating locations. For a full list of program cities, see the Girls Who Code locations page.

When: The program runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for seven weeks in the summer. The program dates vary by city, based on school schedules, but applicants must be able to attend all seven weeks. Only two absences are allowed. Looking for less commitment? Girls Who Code also offers two-week coding summer options via its Campus program. It is not a free camp, but scholarships are available.

How much does it cost? The program is FREE for all participants. Students with limited financial resources can also apply for a stipend to cover transportation and other costs associated with attending.

How to apply: Complete the online application, which is due February 15, 2019, for early acceptance, or March 16, 2019, for the second round of applications. The application does not require students to submit a letter of recommendation or letter grades. Students must fill out the online Survey Monkey application themselves, according to the Girls Who Code instructions. It is expected to take 20-30 minutes.

Need more info? Visit the Girls Who Code website. 

This article was first published in January 2015 but is updated annually.