First Bytes Summer Computer Camp

First Bytes Summer Camp is a one-week residential camp program for high school girls. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.
The program is held at the University of Texas in Austin. Applications for 2014 will be accepted from January 29, 2014 through March 21, 2014.  Apply Now!

Is Computer Science for you?

  • Do you like taking a large problem and thinking through how to break it up and make it solvable?
  • Do you like to organize things, e.g. the soccer team dinner, the post-prom party?
  • Do you like learning new ways to solve old problems?
  • Do you like puzzles, math, and using logic to figure things out?
  • If you’ve had a chance to take a computer science or programming class, did you enjoy it? Were you good at it?
  • Are you creative?

If you answered "yes" to some of these, the First Bytes Summer Camp may be just what you're looking for this summer. No advanced math or prior programming experience is required. What is required is curiosity about the most powerful artifact the human race has ever built.

Through First Bytes You Can:

  • See how computers solve real-world problems in medicine, the arts, and more.
  • Use your problem-solving and reasoning skills to explore real computer science.
  • Get hands-on programming experience and feel the thrill of getting a computer to do what you tell it to do.
  • Visiting research labs and learning abut the newest technology.
  • Work in a team.
  • Find out about the wide variety of jobs you can have as a computer scientist.
  • Enjoy a taste of university life and,
  • Have a week of computer science fun!

You are encouraged to apply if:

  • You are a girl,
  • You are a Texas resident,
  • You are finishing your sophomore or junior year in high school,
  • You have done well in math and science classes,
  • You have a GPA of 3.0 or above (or 80 out of 100)

Sixty (60) applicants will be accepted. Accepted applicants will be housed on campus in the Jester Hall. Counselor to camper ratios will be maintained at 1:10.

Our sponsors will provide for ALL COSTS of the camp except travel to and from the UT Austin campus. Keep in mind parking on campus can be challenging and expensive. Parking expenses will not be covered.

Accepted participants will be required to make a $100 camp deposit to hold their spot. Please note that the deposit is for those who are accepted into the program, not for the initial application. This deposit is FULLY REFUNDABLE upon registration at the camp. (Waivers of the deposit fee requirement will be available if necessary.) A wait list will be developed for no-shows and cancellations.