The CS@SC Summer Camps are designed to provide students with an early education into computer science, engineering, and applied physical science, which are not typically covered in formal K12 curricula. The camps are primarily targeting girls, under-represented ethnicities (Hispanic, African American, and Native American), and low income families. To encourage a sense of diversity, which is the reality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, the camps are open to all ethnicities, income backgrounds, and genders. Since conception in summer 2015, we have educated over 5,000 K12 students in computer science!
Although the camps are open to boys and girls, we have a particular interest in encouraging the education of girls in the computing field. The national average for girls receiving Bachelor’s degrees in computing fields is 19%. USC’s School of Engineering has over 40% women in the incoming freshmen class, which is among the highest in the nation. We would like to continue to encourage girls into the field, and research has shown that if girls are exposed to computer science or engineering fields before entering high school (and possibly middle school), they are more likely to pursue more difficult science and mathematics classes. Since these fields do not have any inherent advantages based on gender, there is no reason the field should not support an equal population of girls and boys.
We are trying to raise $200,000 to continue supporting the camps this year. Any amount is appreciated.
Please consider donating and helping to support our program.