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Minds for Design STEM Camp


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Summer is officially here! Today, we’re wrapping up our first week of STEM Day Camp at the Leadership Center in Tampa. Each week we’re hosting a different STEM themed camp for Girl Scouts of all ages. This week was Minds for Design – Made with Code for girls entering fourth and fifth grade.

We caught up with the girls to find out what they’ve been up to at camp. They had such an awesome time learning how to code to play games, mix their own music and even design a dress that not only turns heads but lights up a room.

For many girls, the Minds for Design was their very first opportunity to work on a coding program.

Alexa, a 9-year-old Girl Scout from Tampa confessed, “It was actually really fun! I thought it was going to be tricky but it was easy. The videos we watched helped a lot.”

Her favorite project was designing a Zac Posen LED light up dress using the Made With Code program.

Alexa shared, “I really liked making the dress because it was something that involved fashion.”

They used basic programming language called Block.ly to change the design of their dress by creating shapes and patterns with the lights. “You can change the speed, color and size of the lights” added Alexa.

Campers also loved to use the coding program named Scratch. This program allows kids to program their own interactive stories, games and animations that they can share with their friends!

Claire, 8 years-old, shared “My favorite part of camp was Scratch and making my own animations.”

Claire was excited to share several animations a flying cat she created. In one of her videos the cat had an unfortunately run in with a fish. Just as the cat flew over a lake a big fish jumped out of the water and ate the cat!

This interactive coding camp program would not have been possible without the generosity of our friends at Microsoft. Last fall, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida was one of six deserving nonprofit organizations to receive a technology grant when the new Microsoft Store opened at International Plaza and Bay Street. With this grant, we were able to purchase Microsoft Surface tablets to be used for STEM programs.

Are you interested in learning more about coding? Here are links to the programs our Minds for Design campers used this week. Happy Coding!

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