Girls4Science Camp Explores Computer Science

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Girls4Science Camp Explores Computer Science

Published: July 6, 2015.

The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Lewis University recently hosted a Girls4Science camp. The four-day camp introduced middle school girls to the exciting and fast-changing field of Computer Science. The camp was funded through a generous donation from Ingredion, a leading ingredient provider to the food, beverage, and related industries.

The June 22-25 event gave the participants a chance to learn about various aspects of computer science, including programming, robotics and electronics. “The purpose of the camp was to introduce girls to the exciting and fast-changing field of Computer Science in a memorable way that would inspire them to want to learn more,” commented Dr. Cindy Howard, associate professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. She designed the camp to teach participants the fundamentals of computer programming and the integration of software and hardware.

Outside of programming, the girls formed teams and created their own robots out of cardboard, construction paper, felt, feathers, Styrofoam and various other arts-and-crafts supplies. This gave them an opportunity to see the programs they wrote “come alive”, as they enabled their robots to move in response to signals around them.

Lewis University student helpers from Computer and Mathematical Sciences included Francisco Cano, Alison Cross, Grecia Equihua and Anthony Kurt.

“It was a great week for the camp participants as well as for the faculty and student helpers. It was wonderful to have a chance to share our love for this most exciting field with some really enthusiastic, creative, inquisitive and intelligent girls,” stated Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science , Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data.

In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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