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Grant leads to student-run IT camp for girls

May 7, 2018 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A $3,000 grant is allowing one Concordia Lutheran High School student the chance to get more girls interested in the computer science field.  

Junior Hayley Grisez was awarded a grant through the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), and is using the funds to create a computer programming summer camp this summer for girls in 7th and 8th grades (2018-19 school year).

“I had a small idea, and it just grew so fast,” said Grisez, who credits her teacher, Scott Storm, for giving her this opportunity.

The camp will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 through August 2 at Concordia. It’s $100 per student, and campers will receive a Raspberry Pi programming kit, a T-shirt and a bag of goodies from NCWIT.  

Through the camp, girls will learn basic Java coding, complete challenges with robots and work in teams to create a Raspberry Pi program.

“There’s a smaller amount of girls in technology,” Grisez said. “We want them to be equally represented and seen as able to do it and know that they can do it.”

Grisez, an Honors Academy student who is putting the camp together for her senior project, hopes to continue the camp year after year.

“It’s important for all people to be better at technology,” she said.

Girls can register online for the camp at http://l.ead.me/batUqW. For questions, contact Grisez at fw.it.girls@gmail.com.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.clhscadets.com.