Helping Kids Explore Computer Science and STEM Technologies

Jun 10, 2017
Students learn programming and other skills with ThoughtSTEM.

Here's another deadline: June 12.  That's the cutoff date to apply for a scholarship for young women, ages between 7 and 17, to to participate free of charge in one of the Summer Coding Camps for Kids at UC San Diego, organized by ThoughtSTEM. The company was launched by CSE alumni Stephen Foster (Ph.D. '14) and Sarah Esper (Ph.D. '15) as well as Lindsey Handley, a UC San Diego alumna in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The half-day camps are spread out over the summer.

Logo of DevBootcamp's scholarship program for girls

According to Foster, a local company training software developers, Dev Bootcamp, has agreed to fund six young women in the San Diego area to attend individual half-day computer science summer camp sessions held by ThoughtSTEM at UC San Diego. The scholarships are part of the company's program named for computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program. She was history's first computer programmer, and the computer-programming language Ada was named in her honor. Each of the six Ada Lovelace scholars will receive full tuition from Dev Bootcamp to any one afternoon camp offered between June and August. (See ThoughtSTEM's summer schedule for times and topics available based on the grade cohort of the student.)

The summer camps are an opportunity for girls and young women to get experience with graphic design, game design, virtual reality, wearable technology, Python, Java and other programming tools. Specific courses include: Java Programming: Get Creative with Code; Exploring Coding and Engineering; 2D Game Design for Mobile Phones; Electrical Engineering with Arduino; Adventures in Minecraft Modding and Game Design; and many more. The summer camps are open to young women and men, at the standard afternoon early registration fee of $225 (including lunch).

To apply for an Ada Lovelace scholarship, students should fill out the application (with parental assistance).
View all camps that the scholarship could cover.