Girl Code @Stanford

Girl Code @Stanford

A Free Programming Workshop Offered By Stanford University

July 6 - 10 and 13 - 17, 2020

We're pleased to announce this year's iteration of Girl Code @Stanford, a summer program for rising high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the course of two weeks, students will get to experience computer science firsthand through an introduction to computer programming, tours of local tech companies and research labs, and visits from leading academics and industry professionals. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the program is available completely free-of-charge to all students.

We firmly believe that everyone, regardless of background, can thrive as a computer scientist. We start off each summer assuming absolutely no prior programming experience, and by the time we're done our students are routinely creating their own games and custom animations as final projects. Our students have gone on to study computer science in college (around 40% of students go on to take a CS class in their first year of college, and around 20% end up declaring computer science as a major). We've even had former Girl Code participants come back to serve as teaching staff in future years.

Some highlights from past iterations of Girl Code:

  • A visit to the Stanford VR lab, where students got to fly around simulated cities or (safely!) experience an earthquake.
  • A presentation by Prof. James Landay of the Human-Computer Interaction Group about wearable technology and the role of narrative storytelling in shaping behavior.
  • A trip to the Googleplex in Mountain View, with free rainbow Google socks as souvenirs.
  • A tour of the Computer History Museum, complete with personalized text printouts.
  • Lunches with current and former Stanford CS students, both those just getting started and those who have since gone on to be industry leaders.
  • A talk by Prof. Mehran Sahami, inventor of modern spam filtering, on probability and decision-making.
  • A tour of Prof. Allison Okamura's CHARM lab and demos of cutting-edge 3D input devices.
  • Prof. Pat Hanrahan's robot drawing machine tracing out the Girl Code logo.

Girl Code is held in the Gates Computer Science Building on Stanford University Campus. The instructor, Keith Schwarz, is a senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department. He's won numerous university teaching awards and is the faculty advisor for a number of on-campus student groups, including Women in Computer Science. The program runs on weekdays from 9AM - 5PM. We'll provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks (again, free of charge).

We are currently soliciting nominations for students to attend this year's offering of Girl Code. We are looking for current high-school juniors with strong math and science skills, but with no prior programming experience. Our program is not residential, so students will need to be able to commute to and from Stanford. The scholarship fund gives preference to those groups who are the most underrepresented in computer science: women, African Americans, Latinas/Latinos, and Native Americans.

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