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Tech camps for girls: Don't let your daughter miss out

Rebecca Linke | May 26, 2016
With the growing skills shortage in certain key areas, enticing more women into technology can only help the field as a whole.

Age range: 10 to 15

How to apply: Apply online -- click to expand the state you're interested in, and then click where you see the Alexa icon next to various locations. Or register by phone: (888) 709-8324.

App Camp for Girls

About: These one-week day camp programs were designed for girls to learn about the intricacies of app building, including business aspects. What started as a single program in Portland, Ore., in 2013 has expanded to five locations in the western U.S. and Canada.

When: July and August, varies by location.

Where: Portland, Ore.; Vancouver, B.C.; Seattle; Phoenix; and Orange County, Calif.

Cost: $400 per session

Age range: Entering grades 8 or 9 in the fall.

How to apply: Apply online

Black Girls Code various programs

About: Black Girls Code has two summer camps, one in Washington, D.C. and another in Chicago. The organization also has various programs throughout the year put on by individual chapters. Check their upcoming programs and events page to find workshops near you.

When: Washington camp: June 27 - July 12; Chicago camp: July 18 - 22

Where: Washington and Chicago

Cost: $300 and $150, respectively, but a limited number of scholarships are available

Age range: 10-14 for Washington, 12-plus for Chicago

How to apply: Washington, Chicago

Curious Jane and CJ Junior

About: Curious Jane caters to girls in grades 3-6; CJ Junior is for girls in grades 1 and 2. Girls get hands-on experience with science, design and engineering.

When: July and August

Where: Brooklyn and Manhattan

Cost: Brooklyn locations: $545 per week; Manhattan locations: $625 per week

Age range: Grades 1 through 6

How to apply: Apply online. Some programs are already full, so make sure your preferred location and program still has availability.

DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for Girls

About: Put on by Microsoft, DigiGirlz camps are free. There are eight locations in the U.S., and camps take place throughout the year. They are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and some camps still have space for July and August. These are day camps only, so if you decide to apply for a camp outside of your local area, you'll have to make boarding arrangements yourself. DigiGirlz also has online courses for creating your own podcast and building websites. There are also DigiGirlz Days -- in cities where Microsoft has offices -- where high school girls talk with Microsoft employees to learn more about careers in technology.


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