Green Country Students Attend Coding For Girls Summer Camp


Monday, June 20th 2016, 7:05 pm
By: News On 6


The first day of summer means the beginning of summer camp season.

There are art camps, music camps, baseball camps and soccer camps, but one is standing out as a different summer experience.

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is hosting a coding camp for girls at 36 Degrees North in the Brady District.

Tatiana Rozzell says most computer programmers, or coders, are male, but she hopes to open that career field to the young ladies in the camp.

Jenks East Intermediate student, Arlenne Gamez, is one of many students selected from a larger group of applicants to learn about coding.

The instructors say there's just not enough brain power in the marketplace, and the kids could eventually close the gap between open jobs and available talent.

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In another part of the camp, some teachers are working through problems too; creating a devise that will protect a raw egg so it won't break when it's dropped.

"It’s developing critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and getting into creativity," Drew Robinson explained.

The teachers will create lesson plans and work on how to mentor students with interests in STEM projects.

In the afternoons, they'll all work together, creating self-confidence and success.

At the end of the week, both students and teachers will share what they've learned in a special presentation for Tulsa School Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Gist.