EXPLORE TECH

For 7th - 10th grade girls

This program gives our participants the opportunity to investigate specific topics in depth. Participants can choose the in-person session, the virtual session, or both (different topics). See details below. (NOTE: We will be adhering to state guidelines and School of Mines guidelines regarding safety and the coronavirus.)

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2021 Fall Session for 7th-10th Grades


JavaScript: Art and Animation - In person, 4 weeks

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Participants will learn to program with JavaScript - for Art and Animation. This programming language is used by web browsers for creating interactive websites. Participants will learn to make graphics and animations as they work through a variety of coding activities and interact with instructors and participants in small groups.

Offered on Mondays, alternating weeks for 7th/8th graders and 9th/10th graders, with the same content, and on consecutive weeks on Tuesdays with the full grade range. (The younger group may go a little slower, and the older group may go a little faster with additional material. If your child doesn't mind attending with another age group, and going a little faster/slower, then we also don't mind which day you enroll them in.)

  • IN PERSON SESSIONS 7th/8th Grade:
      • MONDAY: Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 25, Nov 8 (alternating weeks) - REGISTRATION CLOSED

    7th-10th Grade:
      • MONDAY: Sept 27, Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 15 (alternating weeks) - REGISTRATION CLOSED
      • TUESDAY: Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
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  • App Design: User Interface (UI) and Development - Virtual - 6 weeks, or In Person - 4 weeks

    Prerequisite: none

    Course Description: Participants will learn design principles for creating a user interface for apps. They will go through the process of creating an idea, mocking it up, and pitching it to the group. They will then develop an app for their phone, using drag and drop components (not coding) to build it. We will discuss accessibility for users, deliberate which design choices are better, and test the apps that participants develop on their devices, giving feedback on the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX).

  • VIRTUAL SESSION via Zoom (6 consecutive weeks): 7th - 10th Grade:
      • WEDNESDAY: Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • IN PERSON (condensed to 4 consecutive weeks): 7th - 10th Grade:
      • TUESDAY: Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 (4 weeks) - SESSION FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY
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  • Course Instructors:

    Hello, I'm Grace! I'm originally from Austin, and in my free time you can find me backpacking, reading, or hopefully swimming in a lake. I'm a senior, and this is my fifth semester working with DECtech. I'm a Computer Science major, and I love teaching and being around kids. I've previously worked on the Robotics, App Development, Bootstrap, and Python camps. I also helped with a ton of virtual STEM camps we held over the summer of 2020!

    Katelyn Photo Katelyn is a senior studying Computer Science with a focus in Data Science. This is her 3rd year working for DECtech and her first year as an instructor. She hopes to inspire girls and help them see all of the opportunities available in STEM!

    Lauren Photo Lauren is a senior majoring in computer science and planning to continue onto a masters degree next year. Outside of school she enjoys baking and rock climbing.

    picture of Aly Aly is a junior at Mines studying Computer Science from Centennial, Colorado. She started working with DECtech her sophomore year and absolutely loves sharing her passion for STEM with young girls! Outside of school, she loves hiking, camping, riding horses, and yoga! She is really looking forward to this upcoming year and is excited to get to know everyone!

    picture of Julietta Julietta is a freshman at Mines studying Computer Science, but no stranger to DECtech. She had been a high school intern with the program for two semesters and two summers, and was instrumental in leading summer camp programs. With a passion for teaching, she has enjoyed tutoring elementary school students in STEM and tech, and is looking forward to engaging with the participants as a full-fledged Mines student this year.


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