App Camp for youth wanting to explore computer science

An exciting weeklong computer science camp will be held next month – it’s called App Camp. It is an opportunity for young ones to explore coding specifically for apps and the ‘internet of things’, a growing industry and a growing part of science, STEM education and more. And they’re looking for mentors, especially young women.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Dr. Vicki Allan from the Utah State University College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department, joined us to tell us more about the camps.

“We bring in high school aged mentors, 10th, 11th and 12th sometimes 9th graders. In the past it’s always been female mentors because our funding was pushing more women into this area.

“But this year, for the first time we’ll have male mentors as well. And so the mentors will come for a week starting June 12th and we will teach them everything they need to know. So it’s not like we’re requiring they have any particular expertise other than just a love of technology,” Dr. Allan explained.

Then during the next two weeks they will bring in middle school kids to be trained. Dr. Allan said the campers and mentors have access to about 100 phones that they will work on and then be able to show off.

“But they also take that phone home and say ‘Hey, look at my joke telling app or look at my excuse generator or my selfie side show’ and it’s a great conversation starter and a great way for those kids to get that praise of ‘ Wow, you’re good at this! You might want to be a computer scientist!’”

If you have a teen who would like to be a camper at App Camp, you can get a $5  early-bird discount before Monday, May 15th. Mentors and campers can get more information at <a href=”http://appcamp.usu.edu” target=”_blank”>http://appcamp.usu.edu</a>.

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