2023 Summer Computing Academy for female students (junior high and high school)

We will offer two programs this Summer in June :
  1. One Week Camp: from Monday June 12 to Friday June 16
  2. Two Week Camp: from Monday June(to respect the June 19th holiday) to Thursday June 29 (to avoid conflicting with the July 4 weekend)

The main goal of this program is to teach computer programming using python in an intense hands-on program to be held on the University of Minnesota campus.
The program will include lectures on fundamental programming concepts and on the python programming language together with extensive hands-on experience in a computer lab.
Instruction will be done by graduate students and professors. Participants will have ample time to work in a computer lab to develop programs for small robots, image processing, and other applications under close supervision of teaching assistants. In addition, there will be a variety of career planning and discovery activities. The afternoon of the last day we will invite parents and friends to see presentations of the projects the students have done during the program.

The program will run every weekday, Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 4:30pm (we will open the room at 8:30 and stay until 5:00 pm or until everyone is gone). Students will need their own transportation to campus. A light rail station of the green line is on Washington Avenue almost in front of the building. Click for a map and directions to Keller Hall.

We will meet in room Keller 4-250. The room is on the fourth floor, which means you have to take the elevator or the stairs up one floor from the main entrance to the Keller building on the plaza at the corner of Union St and Washington Avenue. The entrance to the building is on the third floor. When you get to the fourth floor, take a wide corridor slightly to the left and go until you see a corridor on the left. Take it, the corridor turns to the right. The room 4-250 is there. We will post signs to help find the place.

The last afternoon of the programs, parents and friends are invited from 3:00 to 4:40 in room Keller 3-210 to share the projects done by the students.

We offer two programs:

  1. the one-week program is for students with no computer experience and finishing grade 6 or above. You can find here a zip file with the slides we use.
  2. the two-week program is for students with some familiarity with using computers and finishing grade 8 or above. We do not require specific programming knowledge. You can find here a zip file with the slides we use.
You can see what we did in previous years by clicking on the menu on the left.

Cost: Thanks to the generosity of donors we can offer the Summer Computing Academy for a low enrollment fee. Scholarships available upon request.
The cost of attending the one-week program is $75.00.
The cost of attending the two-week program is $125.00.
This includes lunch every day, snacks, access to computers, and auxiliary activities.


To signup for the programs there are two steps:

  1. complete the online application form at https://forms.gle/AiobBeKqT5NcgEM18 .
  2. ask a teacher to provide a short note of support by filling out the form at https://forms.gle/eWFtVceVsjHmJXv49
The registration form will be sent after we receive the application, the teacher note, and we accept the application. We will accept students in the order of application as long as we have a teacher note in addition to the application. Since the demand is higher that the number of available places, we encourage to apply early. The registration fee will be due after you are notified of acceptance.

For additional information email to:

Professor Maria Gini email: gini@umn.edu
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota
4-192 Keller Hall, 200 Union St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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