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C-STEM Girls Computing and Robotics Leadership Camp

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

WIED: Pre-College Student Experiences

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Women in Engineering

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24.250.1 - 24.250.14



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Sruti Modekurty

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Sruti Modekurty is a sophomore electrical and computer engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been involved in FIRST and VEX robotics since 7th grade and with her teams participated in 5 World Championships. She is an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award national runner-up and NorCal Affiliate winner. While interning as a software engineer at Intel last summer, she served as the program leader and coach for the Girls Computing and Robotics Leadership Camp after being awarded a grant from the NCWIT AspireIT Program. She is active in several student organizations at CMU and recently joined Professor Red Whittaker's team for the Google Lunar XPrize Competition.

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Judy Fong UC Davis

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Judy Fong is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of California, Davis where she has designed and implemented a computer science tutoring program. She is the president of the Computing and Robotics Outreach Club. During the summer last year, she acted as a coach at the Girls Computing and Robotics Leadership Camp.

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Harry H. Cheng University of California, Davis

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Harry H. Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Graduate Group in Computer Science, and Graduate Group in Education at the University of California, Davis, where he is also the Director of the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education ( and Director of the Integration Engineering Laboratory. His current research includes developing computing and robotics technologies and integrate them into STEM education in both formal and informal settings for integrated learning. From 1989 to 1992, he was a Senior Engineer for robotic automation systems with the Research and Development Division, United Parcel Service. He has authored and coauthored more than 170 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds two U.S. patents. He is the author of the book “C for Engineers and Scientists: An Interpretive Approach” (McGraw-Hill, 2009). He is the co-founder of SoftIntegration, Inc. and Barobo, Inc. He received a M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. Cheng received the ASME’s MESA Achievement Award for a cumulative contribution to the field of Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, a Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation, the Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, the Procter and Gamble Best Paper Award as well as the Waldron Award at the Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference. He received an Outstanding Contribution Award from United Parcel Service, Inc. He was the General Chair of the 2009 ASME/ IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications and the Program Chair of the 2006 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications.

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Girl’s Leadership Camp for Computing and Robotics AbstractThe C-STEM Center hosted its first annual one-week C-STEM/NCWIT Girl's Leadership Campfor Computing and Robotics for middle school girls on July 22-26, 2013. The goal of this camp isto motivate girls in middle school to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)concepts through a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum. We want them to be leadersamong their peers and inspire other young girls to gain interest in science and technology. Thecamp was led by three college female students as coaches and assisted by five high schoolfemale students as assistant coaches. The camp was attended by 15 middle school girls fromthe greater Sacramento region. Girls at the camp had learned the basics of robotics, theprinciples of engineering, and C/C++ programming. In addition, they had learned important lifeskills including teamwork, presentation skills, leadership skills, building confidence, andbreaking gender stereotypes The girls also had heard from and discussed with experts invarious science and technology fields to gain exposure to the variety of options they haveavailable to them. At the end of the camp, they had created multi-media video presentationswith robotics, similar to the RoboPlay Video Competition, and presented them to parents andpeers. The girls who participated in the camp were given modular robotics kits to take back totheir middle schools so they can start computing and robotics clubs of their own. Coaches andassistant coaches mentor girls over the academic school year to facilitate the development ofthese clubs and their participation in RoboPlay Competition. In this paper, the curriculum andlesions learned through this first camp will be presented. 1

Modekurty, S., & Fong, J., & Cheng, H. H. (2014, June), C-STEM Girls Computing and Robotics Leadership Camp Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20141

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