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 will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, DC, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the 80 various Girls Who Code STEM summer programs are happening in 2020. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open.

Find more STEM activities in our Science and Tech Guide for Kids, or check out more summer programs for teens and kids in our Camp Guide.

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: Teens who identify as female 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 for beginners. Those who have had AP/IB computer science are not eligible. Girls Who Code does not consider immigration status but U.S. residence is required. Non-gender conforming and non-binary applicants interested in the female-led learning environment are also encouraged.

Additionally, the applicant must be: 

  • A U.S. resident
  • A current high school sophomore or junior (going into the junior or senior year in the fall)
  • Able to commit to the entire seven-week program

Where: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Houston; Stamford, Connecticut; Miami; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; and multiple Los Angeles, New York City, and New Jersey sites are among 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. It is not an overnight camp, so no housing is provided. The program dates vary by city, based on school schedules, but applicants must be able to attend all seven weeks. Only three excused absences are allowed. 

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 14, 2020, for early acceptance, or March 13, 2020, 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.

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