ProjectCSGIRLS (www.projectcsgirls.com) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to close the gender gap in computer science and technology through running a national computer science competition for middle school girls and workshops around the country.
The ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls challenges participants in 6th-8th grade to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes – global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. We’re looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way. Judges will select finalists, state winners, regional winners, and national winners. All regional winners will be invited to DC for our national gala, the ultimate celebration of girls in computing, in June of 2015 during which they will participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, tour tech companies, participate in a formal awards ceremony, and showcase their projects to the public.
Mentors are expected to be able to remotely respond to students’ questions through email, phone calls, and/or Skype as needed. They must be available to help students throughout the competition process. The time commitment is approximately two hours per month. This means that 1 mentee would amount to 2 hrs/month, 2 mentees would amount to 4 hrs/month, and so on. Mentors are not required to meet the participants in-person. Sign up at http://www.projectcsgirls.com/mentor.html by January 1, 2015.