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Workshop confirmation and details (PDF)
Policy document (PDF) – to be signed by the student and a parent/guardian

Imagine today’s world without computers. Computers and information technology have impacted every field you can imagine – business, manufacturing, health care, sports, entertainment including travel and tourism. We live in a digital world that opens new frontiers almost daily. New, exciting, IT related careers emerge such as Cyber Law, Gaming, Apparel design, Bioinformatics, etc. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that by 2016, five out of the top ten fastest growing jobs relate to IT (check out the FAQ page for more information). Most IT jobs require good skills in communication, problem solving, creativity, human interaction and collaboration – the kinds of skills most often attributed to women.

UNCG is currently working in collaboration with Guilford County Schools to increase awareness about IT education and careers among high-school girls in grades 9 through 11. After receiveing a grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNCG is offering a week-long workshop entitled, “IT is for Girls.” Through hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Build and repair computers
  • Create animations and video games using MIT’s “SCRATCH” software – Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu) is a programming environment that was designed specifically to allow people to quickly begin creating their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.  It is a project of the MIT Media Lab’s “Lifelong Kindergarten Group,” and is widely used to enable students to explore their digital creativity.
  • Design web pages
  • Develop Android mobile applications using Google AppInventor (http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/) which uses many of the same ideas as Scratch to create an easy-to-use programming environment, but is specifically designed to create apps for Android smartphones and devices. Have a great idea for a simple Android app? Learn how you could turn that into reality using AppInventor!
  • Film Festival – “Become a video Diva. Learn to tell a digital story by creating a storyboard, filming, and editing your very own video production.”
  • Explore computer and internet security
  • Investigate fun ways to visualize data using 3-D Max
  • Participate in computational hip-hop (conducted by NC A&T) – Computational Hip Hop is a program that allows students the chance produce musical instrumentals, create songs, and learn entry level techniques in relation to sound engineering. Students are challenged to create positive songs that reflect their life experiences through music while also learning how to use the essential tools.

All participants will be able to take their projects home, as well as a copy of the SCRATCH software program. During lunch on the last day of the workshop, Tech Divas from our area firms and UNCG spoke about education, career paths and opportunities in IT, balancing work and personal life, and how to be successful in technology careers. Participants, parents, and professionals will also have the opportunity to network with each other to discuss student projects. Please feel free to browse the websites for the previous workshops in 2009 and 2010.

“IT is for Girls” Workshop

Tentative Agenda for Monday, June 20th 2011 – Friday, June 24th 2011

**Detailed agenda will be posted early June 2011.**

Monday, June 20th – Thursday, June 23rd 2011

  • 8:30 – 9:00AM:         Drop off and Check-in (Insides Bryan Building)
  • 9:00 – 12:00PM:        Hands-on Workshop Session (Location TBD)
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM:        Lunch (students only)
  • 1:00 – 4:45PM:          Hands-on Workshop Session (Location TBD)
  • 4:30 – 5:00PM:          Parents to pick-up (Outside Bryan Building or EUC)

Friday, June 24th 2011

  • 8:30 – 9:00AM:         Drop off and Check-in (Bryan Building – Room 221 lobby)
  • 9:00 – 12:00PM:        Presentation practice (Location TBD)
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM:        Lunch – (students and sponsors only)
  • 1:00 – 4:00PM:          Poster session/ Networking/ Awards (Parents welcome to join)
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM:          Parents to pick-up (Outside EUC)

While the workshop is free, it is limited to first 80 registrants. ONLY about 10 spots left as of June 2nd, 2011.We will take a few into wait list in case of last minute cancellations. Please register at your earliest convenience to reserve a spot. Sorry the workshop is full. Registration requests will be processed immediately and you will receive an on-screen confirmation. However, you will receive a separate email to confirm the status of your registration by the end of the day. If more than one student is interested in a family, you must submit separate registrations for each student.

A $25 refundable deposit per student is required to ensure a spot in the workshop. This is primarily to deter no-shows and ensure participation for the entire week-long workshop. A check or money order should me made payable to UNCG, memo: IT Workshop/Student Name and mailed to:

IT is for Girls Workshop
Attn: Dr. Lakshmi Iyer
ISOM Department
Bryan School of Business and Economics, UNCG
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402

The check or money order will be returned to the participant on the last day of the workshop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Lakshmi Iyer by email at Lsiyer@uncg.edu.

Click here to view our 2011 sponsors.