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NMSU summer computer camps filling up for students, space open for teachers

New Mexico State University’s summer computer camps are high demand. June programs offered for middle and high school girls already have waiting lists but July programs still have slots open for all high school students from grades 9-12 as well as a professional development workshop for teachers.

Middle school students work on creating a computer game at a summer session hosted by NMSU’s Young Women in Computing program. YwiC hosts one of the summer computer camps offered by the Department of Computer Science. (Photo by Isabel Rodriguez)

The Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences will host seven weeks of summer programs for students and teachers. The Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program will host four weeks of computer science camps for girls in middle and high school. GK12 DIScover SciEnce through Computational Thinking program (GK12 DISSECT) and the Center for Smart Grid Technology (iCREDITS) will co-host a 2-week “CS Adventures” camp for high school young women and men, as well as a one-week professional development workshop for computer science teachers.

"We have slots open in our July, ‘CS Adventures’ camp, as well as the June workshop for middle and high school computer science teachers from throughout southern NM,” said iCREDITS program coordinator, Rebecca Galves. "iCREDITS, GK12 DISSECT, and YWiC are all working together to encourage middle or high school teachers interested in learning more about or becoming computer science teachers in K-12 schools to attend the professional development workshop."

While the number of women graduating in computer science in the U.S. has dwindled from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent in 2011, the YWiC program at NMSU has more than doubled the numbers of young women going into the computer science program at NMSU over the past ten years. The percentage of underrepresented groups, such as Hispanic and Native American students, pursuing computer science degrees is also low.

“While our summer student programs that target young women are already at capacity, we do have a waiting list available in case new slots open up,” said program coordinator Daniela Miranda.

To apply for the July, CS Adventures summer camp, visit http://bit.ly/CSAdventures. To apply for the professional development workshops, visit http://bit.ly/CSProfDev. For more information, visit www.cs.nmsu.edu/ywic or www.cs.nmsu.edu/gk-12.