Barbara quoted in USNews on Summer Camps
Barb said that she got interviewed this last week by a reporter from US News and World Report. Of course, they didn’t keep much of what she said, but they got one key point — the really exciting part is reaching the kids who haven’t already decided that they love computing.
That includes things like mobile app development, artificial life forms, and using the programming language Python to create music remixes—all of which are introductory camps available for high school students this summer at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute of Computing Education at the College of Computing.
Enrolling your teen in intro-level sessions gives them an opportunity to realize their aptitude in areas they hadn’t otherwise considered, says Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at the institute, recalling one former summer camper who went on to study computer science at Georgia Tech after his mother signed him up for camp.
“He didn’t even want to come,” Ericson says. “That’s who we want to reach, kids who don’t think they’ll be interested.”