WIT grant supports GGC’s Technology Outreach to Middle School Girls summer camp

Georgia Gwinnett College has received a $3,500 grant from the Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation to support GGC’s Technology Outreach for Middle School Girls summer camp, now accepting applications. 
As one of metro Atlanta’s leading hubs for technology, bioscience, and innovative companies, Gwinnett has a strong need for tech-savvy professionals. Faculty members at Georgia Gwinnett believe women have a strong contribution to make in this arena. 
“Technology is a male-dominated industry and GGC aims to help reverse this trend,” said Dr. Kristine Nagel, assistant professor of information technology and one of WIT’s 2013 Women of the Year. “Female engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) majors and careers needs to begin early, and informal learning experiences like camps and after-school programs can play a pivotal role in encouraging middle school students.”
This summer’s GGC Tech Camp (GTC) for middle school girls will take place June 16- 20 and will offer a “girl-friendly” curriculum to its 36 participants. Sessions will focus on mobile applications, new devices, creativity and relationship building, allowing participants to forge friendships that support their interests in computing-related activities. Campers will experience demonstrations, laboratory exercises and discussion groups, with the week culminating in a field trip to a local technology-rich company. Campers’ families will be invited to a reception where projects designed during the camp will be demonstrated. 
Funds from the WIT grant will provide partial support for GTC student assistants who will help campers with their projects, as well as supplies and refreshments for campers, field trip transportation, and the camper/family closing reception.
The GTC leadership strives to maintain a low staff-to-student ratio to ensure the campers receive ample assistance and encouragement. Need-based scholarships are provided to students on free or reduced lunch. With Gwinnett County being the most ethnically diverse county in Georgia, GTC attracts a diverse population of campers.
“Last summer we exceeded our target enrollment and consistently have a wait list for the boys’ camp,” said Nannette Napier, associate professor of information technology. “We attribute the camp’s popularity to the fact that it’s reasonably priced, conveniently located for Gwinnett parents, and fun – prompting campers to spread the word within their communities.” 
Application forms are available at www.ggc.edu/techcamp and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is April 1. GTC for middle school girls is open to rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders. GGC also offers technology camps for middle school boys and high school students.
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