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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mobile App Design Camp for Girls Accepting Participants

Upper Hand to College to Inspire More Young Women to Enter Computer Science Field

Local education firm Upper Hand to College will officially open a Girls' Mobile App Design Camp; at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Monday, July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Participating students will learn to build 6 apps for smartphones and tablets during one of four weekly sessions. The summer camp is for girls entering grades 6-8 and does not require any prior training in computer programming. The camp runs Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., July 8 - August 2.

In the U.S., women are largely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Women make up nearly 50% of the U.S. workforce, but hold less than 25% of the jobs in STEM. Furthermore, women account for only 19% of the bachelor’s degrees in computer science yet make up 64% of the users on Facebook, 58% of the users on Twitter and 82% of the users on Pinterest.

“Girls are widely using technology. However, they do not picture themselves creating technology,” said Naiyma Houston, Founder and Director of Upper Hand to College. “Our summer camp is designed to show girls that they are just as capable as boys in creating and designing new technology in computer science.”

Girls participating in a weekly summer session will:

• Build 6 unique mobile applications for Android devices

• Participate in activities designed to increase self esteem and leadership skills

• Gain a new enthusiasm for computer science

• Become aware of the wide variety of career opportunities in the tech industry

Founded just a year ago, Upper Hand to College has already proven to be an asset to girls in the community. This fall they hosted a successful all-girl STEM conference at UC Santa Barbara. The event featured hands-on science and engineering workshops. Plus a top notch roster of women leaders in science, engineering and education who shared their experience and advice with the more than 200 students in attendance.

To register for the summer camp, visit http://www.upperhandtocollege.com/ or call (805) 984-2656.

About Upper Hand to College

Upper Hand to College is an educational firm inspiring and empowering girls to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Upper Hand to College supports students throughout their journey toward a STEM career; from grade school through college. Upper Hand to College provides tutoring in math and science, fun engaging after school programs and college counseling for our students, grades 6-12. We serve students living in the areas of Ventura and Santa Barbara, California. For more information about Upper Hand to College, call (805) 984-2656 or visit www.upperhandtocollege.com.

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