Artemis Project at Boston University


What is Artemis?

The Artemis Project is a five-week summer program directed by undergraduate women at Boston University. Founded in 1996 at Brown University, Artemis introduces rising 9th grade girls to computer science, targeting them at the critical age when the disparity between males and females in the sciences becomes most pronounced.


Accepted applicants will be asked to pay a $100 registration fee. Lunch will be provided every day.


When/where does Artemis take place?

Artemis 2018 will be in session from July 9 - August 10, 2018, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We will meet on the Boston University campus, in several rooms on Cummington Mall Road.


What will I learn?

We will spend part of each day in a computer lab, learning computer literacy through the use of programs such as App Inventor and Scratch, or learning the basics of computer programming through web design in HTML, the Python programming language, and Robotics. We will also spend part of each day in a classroom, where students will be introduced to the more theoretical aspects of computer science. During this portion of the day, we will cover topics such as Cryptography and Artificial Intelligence through games and other hands-on activities. The schedule varies somewhat from year to year, but you can see what participants did last summer by viewing the 2017 schedule.


What else will I do at Artemis?

Artemis will also have a variety of guest speakers. They will include representatives from our industry sponsors, BU professors and researchers, and other prominent women in the sciences.


In addition, we will go on field trips. Last year participants visited Kayak, Cambridge Google, The Level Up, Love Pop and Microsoft. They were also able to hear speakers from companies like Red Hat, iRobot and Form Labs, which specializes in 3D printing!


And don't worry, we will not be sitting at the computers all day. We will go Rock climbing at BU's FitRec, participate in some fun outdoor activities, and have a special non-computer field day at the end of of the summer! Finally, at the end of the program, we will hold a special event where all students will present the work they have done over the course of the program and then celebrate their achievements during a reception with their families and BU's faculty members.


By the end of the program, you will have had a rigorous introduction to many different applications of computer science and technology, and to the creative way of thinking and problem-solving that is prominent in the field of computer science. You will leave Artemis with both the practical skills and the conceptual background that will help you follow your interests, in whatever direction they may lead you.


Who can apply?

Creative and motivated girls who are curious about math, science, or computers and are entering 9th grade in the fall at a school in the greater Boston area are qualified to apply. No prior computer experience is necessary!