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 2012 will be in session from June 25 - July 27, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We will meet on the Boston University campus, in several rooms in the Photonics building.

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 Scratch, or learning the basics of computer programming through web design in HTML and CSS, and the Python programming language. 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. For detailed information about last year's curriculum, please see our Past Topics page.

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. For complete listing of speakers from last year, please visit our Previous Guest Speakers page.

In addition, we will go on field trips to the Cambridge Google, IBM, and Microsoft. You will get to hear speakers from companies like Harmonix, the company that designed Rock Band!

And don't worry, we will not be sitting at the computers all day. We will have lots of fun outdoor activities, too! We will also have a special non-computer field trip at the end of of the summer! 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 grade in the fall following the summer they will attend Artemis are qualified to apply. No prior computer experience is necessary! Unfortunately, applications for Summer 2012 are no longer being accepted. Check back next year!