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TWC awards grants in support of Camp Code for Girls

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AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded seven grants totaling $593,356 for Camp Code to focus on increasing the interest of middle school girls in coding and computer science by providing summer camps. Students learn problem solving and analytical skills while fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers with a focus on computer science.

Camp Code provides over 1,000 students with activities and lessons that encourage their interest in technology, such as working in teams to use programming languages to build games, web pages and robots. These activities can enhance girls’ interest in the industry.

“We work to advance a number of different approaches to make available STEM learning opportunities for Texas students,” said TWCChairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC is committed to building a highly skilled workforce with strong foundations in STEM and I thank the grantees for their commitment to Texas youth.”

Photo from last years grantee can be downloaded from TWC’s Flickr page.

The grants awarded to independent school districts, universities and higher education institutions are designed to spark girls’ interests in careers in computer programming from an early age, and for them to consider careers in these highly sought-after fields. 

“To ensure growth in cutting-edge businesses, Texas schools and programs must cultivate young women’s interests in software engineering and related studies,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities like Camp Code, in which students can prepare themselves for postsecondary education and learn more about the rewarding career opportunities with Texas employers.”

Creating summer camps that offer computer science projects that incorporate art and storytelling with robotics, video games, websites and applications can also further interest in the coding field. The coding education includes the most in-demand and popular computer science languages, such as Java, SQL, C++, Net, Perl, Ruby and JavaScript.

“By establishing a solid foundation in STEM fields at a young age, we give students a head start toward these rewarding careers that also supports economic prosperity in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We hope Camp Code will inspire a new generation of leaders throughout the state of Texas to continue their studies in science and engineering fields.”

The seven recipients of the Camp Code scholarships are:

  • Best Robotics, Inc., $100,000 — 5 Best Camp Code for Girls, a summer program to provide students with the basics of programming for robotics.
  • Lamar University, $89,753 — 150 scholarships for Digital Girls Inc., Code Dreamers and I Tech Girls,  these camps will provide lessons in problem solving, teamwork and technology application skills through the utilization of Scratch software, LEGO Mindstorm Robots, Sea Perch Aquatic Robots and Raspberry Pi3.
  • University of the Incarnate World, $98,426 — 104 scholarships for miniGEMS Summer Programming Camp providing students with project based learning activities including environmental sustainability, robotics and computer programming.
  • Alamo Colleges District – Palo Alto College, $49,200 — 80 scholarships for STEM Coding Camps for Girls introducing students to computer science and providing hands-on projects.
  • Region One Education Service Center, $100,000 — to conduct 3 STEM camps introducing students to game design, robot programming and embedded systems programming.
  • La Joya ISD, $65,817 — 72 scholarships to conduct STEM camps for students will allow student to conduct engineering projects, coding and building a computer.
  • The Urban STEM Corporation (U.S.T.E.M.), $90,160 — 180 scholarships for summer coding camps for students interested in coding for 3D design.
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