Oklahoma CareerTech plans Girls Coding Camp
May 20, 2016
A coding camp for girls is coming to Oklahoma City June 13-15.
Oklahoma teachers and students will get the chance to learn to code at a camp conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Oklahoma CareerTech is teaming up with Kelly McCall, Code.org affiliate and trainer, to offer the three-day camp.
Girls Coding is an opportunity for female students to be introduced to computer coding in a fun atmosphere, said Jeremy Zweiacker, nontraditional coordinator at ODCTE.
During the camp, teams of two teachers and five students entering grades seven through 10 will be introduced to coding and learn how to incorporate coding into the curriculum. The camps will highlight nontraditional career options, and workers in nontraditional careers will speak. The camps will give teachers strategies to present nontraditional careers to students.
The camps are open to all Oklahoma technology centers and school districts that send students to tech centers, Zweiacker said.
“We are encouraging people from all different parts of the state to sign up so we can spread the impact. Teachers do not specifically need to be currently teaching coding but need to have a desire to bring coding into their classroom,” he said.
The camp will be June 13-15 at Metro Technology Center’s Springlake Campus, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City. Teachers will come the first day to learn about project-based learning, be introduced to coding and get ready for the remainder of camp. During the next two days, teachers will bring students and apply what they learned the first day in a classroom setting.
There is no cost for students or teachers to attend the camp.
More information and the application can be found at http://www.okcareertech.org/about/state-agency/divisions/federal-legislation-assistance/non-traditional-careers/girls-coding.
CareerTech is also offering another camp this year, STEAMmaker, to provide teachers with a second opportunity for high-quality professional development and to encourage students to consider nontraditional careers. STEAMmaker combines science, tinkering, engineering, aesthetics and mathematics with the maker movement of project-based learning. For more information about the camp, visit https://www.okcareertech.org/about/state-agency/divisions/innovation-research-and-quality/steammaker.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.
Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor