MCWT Camp Infinity
Camp Infinity is a weeklong summer technology camp for girls aged 9 to 13 years old that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling. Camp Infinity inspires the pursuit of technology education. MCWT created it to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in technology: confidence, social relevance, and social (peer) acceptance. The camp:
· Builds confidence and capability with hands-on technology activities such as robotics and computer game design
· Demonstrates that technology is fun through the execution of engaging projects with other girls, with high school girls and college women as counselors
· Reinforces social relevance by featuring visitors from the local technology community that explain how their work is important to society at large
Now in its 12th year, Camp Infinity helps spark girls’ interest in math and science, which tends to decrease during middle-school years. It separates the girls into two groups of 20 by grade, to better cater to their technological experience. The fourth and fifth grade girls focus on website, app and video game design while the sixth and seventh graders focus on robotics, website and app design.
During lunch, professionals from leading area companies meet with the girls and encourage them to continue learning about technology. Access to role models like these reinforces the rewards and opportunities a career in technology can bring.