Computer Science Summer Camps

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Computer Science Summer Camps

Why are Texas CS summer camps important? 

Texas Computer Science is the largest top-10 computer science program in the country, making us uniquely positioned to tackle head-on the demand to increase diversity in tech. The most successful programs we have to address diversity are our two flagship summer camps - Code Longhorn and First Bytes.  These camps are free one-week in-residence camps that are designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue students with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving. In 2019 we will host two First Bytes Camps and one Code Longhorn Camp, serving 180 students total. But we want to do more and we need your help to grow our capacity to serve more deserving students! 

Your gift will provide resources to help us better serve and take on more campers interested in computer science. Resources, like computers and hardware, are used to give students and hands-on approach to learning how to code. Financial support will also help make sure we get rid of barriers preventing students from having to access to a computer science education by keeping the camp free of cost for every camper.  

 

First Bytes & Code Longhorn

First Bytes is a summer camp designed specifically for young women interested in computer science and Code Longhorn is a summer camp specifically for underrepresented populations in computer science. In its 14 years, First Bytes has proven to be a significant pipeline of women into UTCS. 24% of our 2014 incoming freshmen class was women, much higher than the national average, and 25% of these women attended First Bytes. Both camps show campers how to use coding to solve real-world problems in areas like medicine, arts and more. On top of the hands-on coding activities, the campers have a unique opportunity to visit the computer sciences labs, work with world class faculty and researchers, and get a taste of what it's like to be in college. 

While this is notable, we believe we can do better. For individual students, the benefits of a computer science degree are manifest. Starting salaries for computer science graduates are 20% higher than the average college graduate, and this gap is continuing to widen. Yet, women and other underrepresented populations still account for less than one fifth of students pursuing computer science . We want to make these incredible opportunities equally accessible to all students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

FAQ's

What is a pledge? A pledge is a promise to pay a specific amount over a set period of time and is a great way to ensure that this program has funding in the future. Pledges for the Texas CS Summer Camps can be made over a 5-year window.  For example, if you make a $2,000 pledge today with an initial payment of $400, you can pay off the pledge by making a $400 gift each December for the next four years.  We will send you a reminder each December. If you would like to make a pledge, click here

Can I utilize my company match?  YES!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) and will match any charitable contributions made by employees.  To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please click here.  Tip: You will need to request the matching gift from your employer.

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$200

Scratch

Students who learn computer science in high school are 6 times more likely to major in it, and women are 10 times more likely! (https://code.org/advocacy/state-facts/TX.pdf)

$500

Blockly

By introducing computer science to kids at a young age, we can increase their cognitive skills, like analytic and problem-solving skills, number sense, language skills, and visual memory. (Sullivan & Bers, Robotics in the early childhood classroom: learning outcomes from an 8-week robotics curriculum in pre-kindergarten through second grade, 2015)

$1,000

Alice

In 2015 only 2% of Texas high school students completed a computer science course. The Texas CS summer camps aim to change that by introducing campers to coding basics! (UT News, 2017)

$2,000

Swift Playground

In 2013 only 17.9% of computer science degrees were awarded to women. By introducing STEM curriculum and programming to kids at an early age we can fight gender-based stereotypes and avoid long lasting negative consequences that keep talented students from seeking out computer science. (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016; Sullivan, Gender differences in kindergarteners’ robotics and programming achievements, 2012 )

$5,000

Python

NCWIT reported “an investigation of 500 U.S. businesses found that companies with more race and gender diverse teams had higher sales revenue, more customers, greater market share, and greater profits than did less diverse companies”. Barker, Lecia, et al. "What Is the Impact of Gender Diversity on Technology Business

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