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Maine Robotics offering summer program for girls

Posted June 11, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Southern Maine Community College, Computer Lab, South Portland

For more information: 207-866-4340

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Robotics is offering a new summer program for girls 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1, at Southern Maine Community College computer laboratory.

Girls between the ages of 12 and 16 will have the opportunity to spend the week using technology to solve real world sustainability issues. Campers will work together in teams with local nonprofit organizations to brainstorm ideas that will make Maine communities more sustainable, and then learn to design and build a mobile app to help people reach that goal. At the end of the week, they will pitch their app to a guest panel and family members.

The program is designed to help young women find out how engineers and IT professionals work together to solve problems and help people in day-to-day living. The students will work in small groups under the supervision of adult educators and college-level computer science students as they use the MIT AppDeveloper program to design mobile apps. Guest visitors will share information about careers in technology.

In partnership with the Technovation Challenge and the Southern Maine Community College, the program is designed to mentor young women into the fields of communication, computers, mobile app development, and entrepreneurship.

Registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will cost $275 per camper for the week. Participants should bring lunch and an Android smart phone or tablet if they have one. http://camps.mainerobotics.org/save-the-planet—build-an-app.html

Maine Robotics has been offering programs for engineering, programming, and robotics since 2004. Maine Robotics works with more than 1,600 children, youth, and adults each year in STEM-related educational opportunities, since its founding in 2004 more than 8,000 children have participated in the Maine Robotics programs.

More information available by contacting the Maine Robotics office at 866-4340 or by email to info@mainerobotics.org

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