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MCWT Camp Infinity
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 8:30 AM – Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 3:30 PM EDT
Where: Kent Innovation High School
1655 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Who: Girls entering grades 5-8 in the 2017-2018 school year
When: July 10-13, 8:30-3:30 each day
COST: $100 per camper – scholarships available
What is Camp Infinity?
Camp Infinity is a four day summer technology camp for girls entering 5th to 8th grade that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of technology education. MCWT Foundation created it to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in technology: confidence, social relevance, and social (peer) acceptance. The camp:
- Builds confidence and capability with hands-on technology activities such as robotics and web design
- Demonstrates that technology is fun through the execution of engaging projects with other girls, with high school/collegiate girls as counselors
- Reinforces social relevance by featuring visitors from the local technology community that explain how their work is important to society at large
Founded in 2004, Camp Infinity helps spark girls’ interest in math and science, which tends to decrease during middle-school years. It separates the girls into two groups of 20 by grade to better cater to their technological experience. The fifth and sixth grade girls focus on website, app and video game design while the seventh and eighth graders focus on robotics and web and app design.
During lunch, professionals from leading area companies meet with the girls and encourage them to continue learning about technology. Access to role models like these reinforces the rewards and opportunities a career in technology can bring.