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 and 10th 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 $50 registration fee. Lunch will be provided every day.


When/where does Artemis take place?

Artemis 2011 will be in session from June 27 - July 29, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We will meet on the Boston University campus, in the Photonics Center located at 8 St. Mary's St. This year, we will be meeting in PHO 117, PHO 210 and LSEB 103. We will conduct all of our computer-based lessons and activities in PHO 117. Non computer-based lessons, as well as lectures from guest speakers, will be held in PHO 210 and LSEB 103.


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 Microsoft Powerpoint and Adobe Photoshop, or learning the basics of computer programming through web design in HTML and CSS, and languages like Java and Python. 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. When the lesson plan is finalized, we will update the website with more information.


What else will I do at camp?

Artemis will also have a variety of guest speakers, to be determined in the first few weeks of June. 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 to the Boston Museum of Science, MIT's Robotics Workshop, and IBM. You will get to hear speakers from companies such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM.


And don't worry, we will not be sitting at the computers all day. We will have lots of fun outdoor activities, such as a scavenger hunt around BU's campus, games like capture the flag, and a field day at the end of camp! Finally, at the end of the program, we will hold a special event where all students will be able to present the work they have done over the course of the program to their families and to 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 or 10th grade in the fall following the summer they will attend Artemis are qualified to apply. No prior computer experience is necessary!