Web Development Program
We interact with websites every day, whether it be logging into Netflix, working on a school project, or even just opening up your device to do a quick Google search. But how do these sites work, and who makes them? In this summer program you’ll not only learn how they work, but actually make your own website from scratch! The camp is free of charge and is open to all students in 7th-9th grades — the only requirements are having a willingness to try new things & an excitement for learning.
In spite of the current, uncertain state of the world, we believe it's important for students to continue to have opportunities to learn. Through this free, four-week online camp, students will learn how to create a website on a social action topic of their choosing using HTML/CSS. Along with computer science, students will hear from guest speakers from around the nation and engage in empowering activities about the future of technology.
Because we want to ensure that all students who are interested can join, we have been working with the SBUnified school district to provide all Santa Barbara and Goleta-based students in our program access to Chromebooks for the duration of our program, if necessary.
Our curriculum is created by the ProgramHers team with the help of advanced programmers from all over the nation! Students will learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and Github. Don’t worry if these terms don’t sound familiar, it’s what we’ll be teaching over these four weeks! By the end of the program, students will have developed skills that will be useful no matter what field they end up in.
We also want to stress the importance of diversity in STEM fields. Over the course of the program, we will be holding weekly empowerment and social action-related workshops and will have female guest speakers from various subfields of computer science speaking about their respective journeys through tech. Our hope is that by the end of the program, everyone not only understands the importance of equality in STEM fields, but feels empowered to pursue science in the future!
A Typical Week
Our staff is comprised of computer science students from all over the nation! We have instructors from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara High School, and more. All of our staff are very dedicated to teaching the next generation computer science and the importance of technology in the progressing world. Our staff is volunteering their own time to create, organize, and teach this program because they are just this passionate about STEM education!
Each week during the camp, there will be guest speakers from STEM professionals who are creating specialized lectures and activities just from our program. Guest speakers include professionals who work at Google, Disney, MIT, and NASA. This is a unique oppurtunity to have all these amazing guest speakers presenting within one program, and we are extremely appreciative.
We take internet safety very seriously. Students are supervised at all times during workshops and zoom meetings, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying of any type. We aim to create a community where everyone feels comfortable and safe in their learning. We also have multiple security measures to ensure the safety of each student while using Zoom.
Frequently asked questions
Who can join?
This camp is open to any 7th-9th graders.
Do I need to live in a specific geographical area?
ProgramHers Summer Camp is available to anyone, no matter their location (even international).
How do I apply?
Fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/G4fv4GH8ji5MwnSF6
How much does the program cost?
Nothing! Everyone who is interested in this program should be able to register and join.
What do I need for the camp?
Just a computer and an enthusiastic attitude!
What if I don't have access to a computer?
We are able to provide Chromebooks for students that demonstrate a need for a computer in certain areas. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this.
Do I need to be a girl to join?
Nope! Our classes are open to all students of all backgrounds. We want to give everyone to an equal opportunity to learn code, especially during such an uncertain time.
Do I need to have coding experience?
No! We realize that is rare for students in middle school to have exposure to coding, which is why we created ProgramHers in the first place. Our camp will be starting for the very basics and building upwards from there. While we welcome and love to have students who do have some coding experience, we're also excited to expose teens to the world of tech for the first time!