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Girls And Gadgets Collide At Stanford University

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

EdTech Focus On K-12

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Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp Expands the World of Computer Science

Stanford, with the help of sponsors Dropbox and Google, provides the technology behind the camp, which ranges from the simple (paper and pencil) to the very complex (robotics and drones). As recorded on the camp’s daily blog, participants experimented with proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers, which are used to steer hexacopter drones, and got hands-on coding experience coding using Lenovo ThinkPad notebook computers to analyze data and power small robotics. Campers even learned how Stanford’s self-driving car works.

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Making Magic Happen Through Collaboration

Stanford, Dropbox, Google and Lenovo have teamed up to establish an environment to engage girls with technology. When students are provided with the right tools, and guided by passionate instructors, magic can happen. How could your school system create this type of hands-on learning experience for your students?

While this program’s focus is on girls, all students can benefit from the opportunity to engage in meaningful ways with technology. Partnerships like this offer enhanced opportunities for engagement, while controlling costs. The hardest step is the first one. Schools need to take the initiative to engage with each other, and their business communities to make this kind of magic happen.