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Technology + Fun.


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Technology + Fun.


Join the young & the curious at the intersection of technology + fun!


When you register to take a uCodeGirl summer technology day camp, you will be part of the uCodeGirl community. A community of like-minded girls, inspiring female role models/mentors, and a rich collection of programs & activities offered through out the year!  

You will learn to create & launch web site, mobile app, build wearable e-textiles, assemble & program robots. You will gain skills to design, take feedback from peers, iterate & test your innovative ideas – all 21st century skills for you to become a creative, innovative & resourceful adult.

You will learn to create & launch web site, mobile app, build wearable e-textiles, assemble & program robots.

You will gain skills to design, take feedback from peers, iterate & test your innovative ideas – all 21st century skills for you to become a creative, innovative & resourceful adult.


TWO WEEKS. SIX UNIQUE SESSIONS OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

WEEK 1 - EVERYONE TOGETHER

Building Confidence, Curiosity & the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Mon June 19th - Thurs June 22, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



Project-based Programming > Inspires Creativity > Fosters Collaboration > Sharpens Communication > Cultivates Critical Thinking

WEEK 2 - SEPARATE TRACK

Web or App Development or Robotics/Electronics. Choose Your Desired Coding Track.

Mon June 26th - Thurs June 29, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


 
Date: June 19-22 & June 26-28, 2017 Ages: 12-17
(must turn 12 by 12-31-2017)
Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Lunch & Snack Provided)
Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate
Location: MSUM, Moorhead, MN Pre-requisite: None
(Curious & Ready 4 Fun)
Our classes are taught by seasoned industry professionals and senior university professors.
— Betty Gronneberg, Founder at uCodeGirl


The Cyber Analyst


The Cyber Analyst


 

<> Crack the Code: The Cyber Analyst</>

Are you curious about programs that keep people safe? Are you ready to crack the code and code the crack? Learn what it takes to be a Cyber Security Analyst in our technology and data driven world. Encrypting, de-crypting, cryptography, and more... You will examine data breaches, crack passwords for strength, discover how to protect private information, and learn about systems that make the world a safer place.

This encrypting/de-crypting, cryptography, and secured access testing is designed for beginner to intermediate learners. Personalized instruction allows you to move along at your own pace while providing you a fun and age appropriate challenges. Instructors work closely with students and adjust the class offerings to fit their progress.

 
 
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What students learn

You will learn to:-

  • Encrypt messages and information
  • De-crypt encrypted messages
  • Analyze small programs for security
  • Create and use QR code to demonstrate the security risks associated with it
  • Encrypt and protect USB flash drives

Students will take home

  • Knowledge to be a good digital citizen,
  • Protected uCodeGirl USB flash drive,
  • Secured passwords in an online Password Vault Manager.

pratap kotala - Lead instructor

Pratap Kotala is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at NDSU, Fargo. In over 18 years of teaching, he has taught variety Computer Science courses at undergraduate and graduate level in traditional as well as online/web-based setting.  Pratap also has two years of industry experience as an IT consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction and Secure Software Engineering. Dr. Kotala obtained Ph.D. in Computer Science from NDSU.

He is actively involved in developing the Graduate Certification Program in Cybersecurity at NDSU and is teaching Principles of Cybersecurity class during spring 2017.

Dr. Pratap Kotala, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at North Dakota State University

Dr. Pratap Kotala, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at North Dakota State University


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The Confident Game Changer


The Confident Game Changer


 

<> Crack the Code: The Confident Game Changer </>

80% of the jobs in the next decade will require some level of technical skills. Teen years are a critical time when you are beginning to explore career choices and future goals. Navigate opportunities in technology while confidently exploring your interest and curiosity.

How do you develop the qualities of a confident leader? This session provides you with tools to help you with effective communication, goal setting, public speaking, taking initiative, and building great relationships with your peers. With supportive and inspiring role models and professional trainers, you will build the necessary confidence, and discover your inner potential.  Imagine the possibilities! 

 
 
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What students learn

You will learn to:-

  • Goal Setting
  • Self-Confidence
  • Effective Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Team Work

Tonya stende - Lead instructor

"uCodeGirl is such an exciting program and an amazing opportunity for girls to tap into their potential in technology. I am so  honored to be involved with a program that taps into the potential of young women and helps support their future success and impact they will have in our businesses and society."
~ Tonya Stunde, Dale Carnegie Training Center of North Dakota and North West Minnesota

Inspiring Role Models

The Entrepreneur


The Entrepreneur


 

<> Crack the Code: The Entrepreneur</>

"Entrepreneurship is always about you. It’s about how you organize resources and manage them. It’s about how you market your business and it’s all about your commitment to see it through to the end." ~Forbes Magazine.

When you engage, experiment and develop your entrepreneurial spirit, the future innovator and the social provider of new solution is born. The benefits of an early introduction to the basic principles of entrepreneurship are massive.  In this session, you will use the human centered design thinking process developed at Stanford University, to develop user understanding, generate idea, iterative rapid prototyping and testing your meaningful solution to a real-world problem. You will go from idea generation to solving a problem for a real-world customer to presentation of your prototype under the guidance of expert facilitators and in a team setting.  

 
 
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What students learn

Tool: Stanford's d.School Human Centered Design Process

You will learn:-

  • Principles of the entreprenuerial mindset
  • Exploring alternative solutions to real-world problem
  • Interviewing a real customer
  • Generating ideas & designing solution
  • Iterative prototyping and testing
  • Collaborative thinking
  • Articulating problem and solution
  • Presentation skills

Josh Teigen - Lead instructor

Josh Teigen is the President and CFO at Protosthetics, a company that designs, manufactures, and distributes prosthetic and orthotic devices utilizing 3D printing.

Josh also founded and serves on the Board of Directors for Mind Shift, a non-profit that assesses, trains, and hires high functioning individuals on the autism spectrum in highly detailed and skilled positions.

Josh has a passion for entrepreneurial education and is involved in numerous organizations that help inspire young people to be the innovators of the future.


Laura Schjeldahl- Lead instructor

"I am a warrior fighting for Internet and software users everywhere. I aim to bring intuitive navigation and usability to every interaction I affect by listening to and interpreting user needs then translating them via written and visual documentation for designers and developers to create masterpieces.

Each day, I bring logic and human understanding into the digital world. Getting to know my client’s business is my job. Getting to know my client’s users is my passion. I strive to understand the needs of both groups and define the best solution for everyone."

~ Laura Schjeldahl, Senior Experience Architect at Sundog

 

 

 Josh Teigen, President and CEO, Protosthetics

 Josh Teigen, President and CEO, Protosthetics

Laura Schjeldahl, Senior Experience Architect at Sundog

Laura Schjeldahl, Senior Experience Architect at Sundog


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TRACK I: The Web Developer


TRACK I: The Web Developer


 

<> Track I: The Web Developer Session </>

Ready to explore the world of web development?  This class is for you! Learn how to organize, build and launch a real-world website for a real customer (Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe) from start to finish, with a team of female web professionals.

The session focuses on the basics of UX (User eXperience), Design, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In this session, students will get hands-on, in-person training in the foundations of web programming along with plenty of time for interaction and questions for the leaders.  We will be covering a range of topics on web design & coding as well as exposure to different career paths within the web industry in a classroom of peers who are all starting at the same level.

 
 
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What students learn

Customer: Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe

You will learn:-

  • Introduction to web concepts
  • Web Development professions
  • Design for User Experience
  • HTML and getting fancy with fonts
  • CSS Styling, Javascript
  • Responsive Styling
  • Build Content Library & working with photos
  • Re-iterating development based on customer feedback

Carrie Copa - Lead instructor

Carrie is the owner of Sugarfoot Studio, where she does freelance design work of all types, but her favorite is building websites. She loves creating function with clean style. With her experience working at marketing agencies large and small, she now helps businesses build a brand they are proud of. She is also a talented illustrator of adorable characters.

Carrie Copa, Sugarfoot Studio

Carrie Copa, Sugarfoot Studio


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Track II: The App Developer


Track II: The App Developer


 

<> Track II: The App Developer Session </>

The smart phones you love are made of code. Are you ready to discover the essential building blocks behind it all? In this session, you will work in teams to design, develop, test and deploy an android app for a real customer using MIT App Inventor 2 environment.

You will learn the important concepts of object-oriented programming, the foundation of computational thinking—an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world.  You will apply design thinking to brainstorm an app idea, create a prototype, develop the application and present your final product. This session will provide you with specific tools, techniques and workflows to help you kick-off your mobile app idea the right way.

 
 
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what you will learn

You will learn to:-

  • Apply design thinking to brainstorm an app idea
  • Create a prototype, develop the application and present your final product
  • Specific tools, techniques and workflows to help you kick-off your mobile app idea the right way
  • Connect phone/tablet or emulator for live testing as you build
  • Packaging & Sharing Apps

lead instructors

Chengyao Tang is a Computer Science graduating senior at NDSU with a plan to continue to Masters of Science in Computer Science. She studied Economic in Beijing Union University, China. After one year study, she transferred to NDSU as an international student. Inspired by her mom who is an experienced Network Engineer, she decided to switch major to Computer Science. As a female computer science student, she believes it’s important to reach out younger generation. She aims to help younger generation, especially girls, to build interest in Computer Science. During three year’s study at NDSU, she participates a lot of volunteer work for younger generation. She believes it is never too late to chase your dream.


 

Nazia Zaman, PhD, is a Software Engineer at Sundog Interactive. She primary develops software in APEX and JAVA but also has experience with Python and Javascript. Nazia obtained her PhD in Computer Science from North Dakota State University (NDSU) where her research focus was on natural language processing.

She loves to help young girls explore their curiosity so that they achieve and exceed their potential.

 

 

 

Chengyao Tang, NDSU Computer Science

Chengyao Tang, NDSU Computer Science

Nazia Zaman, Sundog

Nazia Zaman, Sundog


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Track III: The Robotics & Wearable Tech Engineer


Track III: The Robotics & Wearable Tech Engineer


 

<> Track III: The Robotics & Wearable Tech Engineer Session </> 

Are you ready to get your hands-on e-textiles, electronics, and assembling robotics? In this supportive and engaging environment, you will learn electrical engineering and coding principles using LilyPad, Arduino and mBox robot. You will create wearable elements that spring to life with lights, sound and temperature sensors, prototyping devices that amaze and inspire—the perfect balance of creativity and tech.

This session introduces you to principles that set the foundation for promising futures in fields like electrical engineering, software development and robotics. It is ideal for girls who like building, making, creating, and programming. The LilyPad Arduino teaches electrical programming and electrical prototyping which allows you to build and program soft circuits. This wearable tech programming explores the real-world application of engineering!

 
 
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what you will learn

You will:-

  • Work in teams to assemble, program and test Arduino microcontroller based mBot robotic devices.
  • Create wearable electronics that spring to life with lights and sensors. Prototype devices that amaze and inspire—the perfect balance of creativity and tech.

lead instructor

Jeremy Brooks is currently working as a Support Engineer for Microsoft in the fast-growing Azure space (Microsoft Cloud). He double majored in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, completing multiple projects related to embedded systems and micro-controllers.

Growing up Jeremy had an interest in learning more about electronics but lacked the opportunity to participate in similar activities. He now has a passion to educate others about technology.

Recently he had the chance to inspire elementary school students while volunteering with a Lego Mindstorms after-school program. Jeremy's hobbies include tinkering with technology, beta testing, and repairing and re-purposing old electronics.

Jeremy Brooks, Microsoft

Jeremy Brooks, Microsoft


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