More girls enjoying tech summer camps will equal more women in tech companies down the road! In a recent blog post in sister publication Computer Dealer News, I wrote about the lack of women in the tech sector and how companies can recruit more women. Having women-friendly recruiting and employee policies addresses one dimension of the challenge.

Another key challenge to achieving more women in technology companies is boosting the numbers of young women who choose science, technology or engineering education to have the potential to build careers in technology.  Engaging girls in technology at a younger age, before they limit their options by dropping math or science, is a starting point toward young women choosing tech careers.  So we’ve researched some summer camps and programs across Canada to come up with a list of options for girls.

Designing with Computers Summer Camp for Girls - University of Alberta, Edmonton
Designing with Computers Summer Camp for Girls – University of Alberta, Edmonton

Data shows that some girls can feel more free to explore science and technology with a girl-focused program with other girls.  Some girls would prefer an “open to all kids” option.  We’ve grouped the programs into “girls-only” and “open to all kids” options, and provided location info and links to find out more.

Summer  Technology Camps – for Girls-Only:

Summer Technology Camps – Open to All Kids:

Here’s to the summer of 2014 inspiring more girls to get involved in technology.  If you know of other summer technology camps or programs, whether  for girls-only or for all kids, please share them in the comments!

 

 

 

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Cheryl Sylvester
Cheryl Sylvester is a Leadership Coach, Brand Communications consultant and W100 Business Owner. A perpetual idea generator, entrepreneurship cheerleader, and wanna-be geek, her clients include Novell, PlateSpin, Mozilla, HP, Tenscores & Polar. She writes about Leadership, Communications, Entrepreneurship and Women in technology.