Bowie State University to Offer STEM Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students

April 12, 2012

(Bowie, Md.) - Middle school and high school students interested in computer programming are invited to apply for Bowie State University's summer camp,Generation Innovation: CPU Camp-Computer Programming for males and Girls Who Will for females. The camps will offer two sessions: June 18-June 29, 2012 for high school students and July 9-July 20, 2012 for middle school students.

CPU Camp-Computer Programming for males, ages 12 to 17, engages students in enriching activities such as introduction to computer programming, 3D modeling and animation, algorithm design, logical thinking, college life and being a scholar and a gentleman. Daily lecture, labs and activities such as presentations, campus tours and computer gaming will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Girls Who Will encourages females, ages 12 to 17, to learn about career opportunities for women in computer science through insightful activities such as creating mobile applications for Android devices, exploring robotics, learning HTML and web-page design and using visual programming software to create digital games. The goal of the camp is to provide a foundation, based on their passion for computer science, computing, and technology, upon which girls can use as the basis in making career decisions.

"There are a few things that separate this camp from the rest. Along with learning computer programming, algorithm design and scholarly skills, the campers have the opportunity to participate in student union, game room and athletic activities. As well, the cost is favorable compared to other camps at universities. Leading community speakers will also give lectures to the campers about excelling in academics," state Dr. Daryl Stone, Director and Founder of the CPU camp and Dr. Quincy Brown, Director and Founder of Girls Who Will, both assistant professors at Bowie State University.

Students will be selected for each camp based on academic merit and teacher recommendations. The camps were created to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of minorities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas. 

"We are most pleased that all the major stakeholders have praised the CPU Camp each year. Parents, campers, speakers, and administrators provide positive feedback and insist the CPU Camp return the following summer," said Stone and Brown.

The deadline to submit an application is April 27, 2012. For more information or to apply to Generation Innovation, please contact Dr. Daryl Stone for the male camp, 301-860-3973, dstone@bowiestate.edu, or visitwww.cs.bowiestate.edu/CPUcamp/index.html or Dr. Quincy Brown for the female camp, (301) 860-4501, qbrown@bowiestate.edu or visithttp://cs.bowiestate.edu/~qbrown/girlswhowill/index.html.

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