Camp Innovation

June 12, 2017 | no comments

SAVE THE DATE!

Camp Innovation

will be

June 11 – 15, 2018

 

The U.S. Labor Department has estimated that there will be 1.4 million job openings for computer-related occupations in this decade. Of the STEM fields, computer science and computer engineering have the highest median earnings for recent college graduates and the sector is rapidly growing. However, at the current time, only 12% of these jobs are held by women. 74% of young girls show interest in STEM fields, yet only 3% of them go on to pursue a degree in STEM. These statistics are just as depressing for minorities.  The first step to addressing the problem is to provide exposure to as many of the components of STEM as possible. Many kids do not know what a computer scientist is or does and certainly do not understand the economic opportunity that STEM occupations provide.

Tech Birmingham’s mission is to grow and promote the tech ecosystem in the region. As part of our mission, we started developing coding programs for kids ages 8 and up in an effort to cultivate interest in coding among girls and minorities and to develop our regional workforce.

In the last few years over 1600 kids have attended our monthly coding club or one of our workshops focused on connecting industry professionals with children interested in STEM careers.

Camp Innovation is slated for June 11-15, 2018 this year for kids entering 6th grade to current 8th graders. More details will follow, but save the date!

 

To contact us, email info@techbirmingham.com or call us at (205) 918-7515 for any questions you may have, to volunteer as a sponsor, or to provide scholarships.

View more blog posts by visiting TechBirmingham's full blog.