Franklin Regional will host technology camp for girls |

Franklin Regional will host technology camp for girls

Patrick Varine
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Lauren Settelmaier, Keira Sadoski, Angelina Brush and Ava Palamone present their project at the FEAT: Females Embrace Awesome Technology summer camp on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

The Females Embrace Awesome Technology camp, four days of science, technology, engineering and math activities geared toward girls, is set for June 24-27 at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Girls in grades 6-9 will explore computer science and information technology in a fun and supportive environment.

The camp first came to FR in 2017 thanks to then-senior Nicole Baldy. After attending a University of Pittsburgh computer camp, Baldy was able to secure a grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, or NCWIT, to help fund the first camp.

“We learned a little bit about Python , a text-based language,” Baldy said. “We used Weebly , a website design service; we used App Inventor , a way to create apps for Android phones, and the last thing we did was video-game design using a block-based computing language called Scratch .”

The camp’s aim is to involve more young women in STEM fields. According NCWIT, while 57% of bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2016 were to female students, only 19% of computer and information science degrees went to women.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2024 there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S., but more than two-thirds could go unfilled due to an insufficient pool of college graduates with the necessary degrees.

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The high school is at 3200 School Road in Murrysville. The camp is sponsored by the NCWIT.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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