It’s one thing to have a computer science contest for middle school girls — it’s quite another to have that contest be run by high school and college girls who are incredibly passionate about computer science. 2015 ProjectCSGIRLS does just that, not only giving middle school girls the confidence they need to know that they can do computer science, but also putting them into direct contact with girls who have had success.
One important aspect computer science and technology, and especially in showing how they are useful to girls, is in how effective they are in solving and mitigating social problems. ProjectCSGIRLS challenges girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem in one of three themes — global health, a safer world and intelligent technology.
2014 was the first year of ProjectCSGIRLS and was limited only to students in VA, DC and MD. Unlike the 2015 event, which is open to all US middle school girls, 2014 did not require applicants to build their projects, only to conceptualize them. 2014 reached over 100 girls with the awards gala drawing over 130 attendees of students, teachers and industry leaders.
For 2015 there will be finalists, state winners, regional winners, national winners and grand prize winners. All winners state and above will be invited to the two-day national gala event to interact and network with leaders in technology, tour top tech companies and startups in the DC area, and participate in a formal awards ceremony recognizing their efforts and announcing the 3 grand price award winners from the national winners. All winners will receive an awards package and be recognized on the ProjectCSGIRLS website.
Judging will be based on originality, demonstration of technical knowledge, creativity, impact and clarity. Girls will submit their project via the submission portal which opens in January 2015. Results will be released mid March.
For more information on the competition or on how to volunteer or partner, see the 2014 ProjectCSGIRLS website.