NMSU Summer Computer Camps Filling up, Space still Available

New Mexico State University’s summer computer camps are in high demand but there is still time to sign up.

The Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the free summer programs in June and July.

The Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program for young women in high school runs from 12:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 5 through June 16. Students will learn to explore computing skills and discover talents through an introduction to programming, computational thinking and new technologies.

“Young women in the YWiC camp will explore Arduino microprocessors using Lilypad, learn Python and explore data compression,” said Rebecca Galves, co-director of summer programs. “They will also explore cybersecurity and encryption as well as smart grid technologies.”

Another camp, Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is for all middle school students and runs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 19-23.

“The students in Project GUTS will learn computer programming basics, make computer models in StarLogo Nova, use the model to run simulations, and create an interactive computer game,” Galves said.

YWiC also offers camps for alums, or young women who have previously completed one or two summer intensives with YWiC. This group will be in charge of their designs and create projects based on personal hopes, goals and dreams.

Instructors for the camps are accomplished NMSU students studying computer science and electrical engineering.

Applications are available online at http://nmsu.life/1b.

Author:  Minerva Baumann – NMSU