This is a FREE camp for students between the ages of 12 and 17 held virtually. This year will be our 7th annual session. The camp is supported by the Women in Computer Science Club (WICS) at Westview High School and is taught mainly by current Computer Science major college students. High school students from WICS volunteer their time as well in order to create a relaxed environment in which every student's question can be answered. We traditionally have focused this camp on girls, however, moving forward, we have decided to focus on all underrepresented people in tech. This includes, but is not limited to, people who identify as Women, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and Native American.
This year, due to COVID-19, we will be going virtual! We have traditionally focused on students in San Diego, but given the virtual nature, we are now opening signsups to new parts of the state. Specific school districts will be annouced in Spring.
In the small scale of Westview High School, the computer science classes consist of a male to female ratio of 7:1 and in the larger scale of the workforce, only 12% of engineers are female. Looking at race, ~8% and~7% of programmers are Black and Hispanic respectively. It is our goal to introduce underrepresented people to the world of computer science and teach them the basics of programming through the use of guest speakers from a variety of fields, and fun, interactive programming projects. After learning the basics, we hope they have the tools they need to continue their programming education through self-teaching or other programs, and maybe even develop a passion that will lead them to lessen the workforce gap.
Enrollment beings on Friday, July 23, 2021.
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