A Technology Program for Girls
CompuGirls is a culturally relevant technology program for adolescent (grades 8-12) girls from under-resourced school districts in the Greater Phoenix area and in Colorado. Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, CompuGirls provides fun summer, after-school and year long programs where participants learn the latest technologies in digital media, game development, and virtual worlds. The peer mentoring approach of CompuGirls creates connections that support lifelong skill development in an empowering, creative, and fun environment.
CompuGirls Program Objectives:
- To use multimedia activities as a means of encouraging computational thinking
- To enhance girls' techno-social analytical skills using culturally relevant practices
- To provide girls with a dynamic, fun learning environment that nurtures the development of a positive self-concept
CompuGirls participants develop expertise in:
- digital media production with photo editing software
- documentary filmmaking with iMovie
- podcasting with Garageband
- game design with Scratch
- virtual world creation with open-sim technology on the JokaydiaGrid
Internship opportunities are available to those that successfully complete the year-long program.
Successful participants conclude their course work with a summer internship.
To see samples of projects, click on the Girls' Work page.
Visit the gallery page to see photos of the girls at work and at their graduation.
Interested in becoming a CompuGirl? Fill out our CompuGirls Program Application form.