Engaging Girls in Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (GUIC) through Constructivist Learning Environment

NSF Funded ITEST Project


GUIC Summer Camp

The five-week GUIC Summer Camp aims to train 40 Grades 6-12 female students in Python and Arduino programming (block- and text- based) and integration of these tools to conduct projects in ubiquitous intelligent systems in tiered teams co-mentored by college students and STEM teachers. The summer camp includes three-week training and two-week project development. The 40 students will be divided into two groups (each with 20 students) to take training classes. The tentative agenda for Summer 2021 (from May 29 to Jul. 2) is listed below (subject to change). The kickoff meeting and half-day training is scheduled online on Saturday, May 29. There is no training on Monday, May 31, the Memorial Day. Each student needs to bring one laptop (with at least one USB port) for in-person training sessions.

· May 29: (online) Morning kickoff meeting
     (online) Afternoon Group I - Python and Data Visualization
     (online) Afternoon Group II - Arduino Programming and IoT Design
· Week 1: (online) Group I - Python and Data Visualization
     (in-person) Group II - Arduino Programming and IoT Design
· Week 2: (in-person) Group I - Arduino Programming and IoT Design
     (online) Group II - Python and Data Visualization
· Week 3 (in-person): Robotics Design (two groups rotate in morning/afternoon session)
· Week 4 (hybrid): Engineering Project Development
· Week 5 (hybrid): Engineering Project Development

Training Courses

Each training course is composed of lecture and lab exercises. The students will conduct the Arduino design labs using the IoT design kits and the robotics labs using the robotics design kits developed by our project team. The syllabus of each training course will be posted soon.

· Python and Data Visualization (online)
· Arduino Programming and IoT Design (in-person)
· Robotics Design (in-person)

Sample Engineering Projects

The engineering projects are carefully designed to address different aspects of ubiquitous intelligence and computing fields targeting smart city and environment applications including 1) smart citizen services, 2) intelligent transportation system, and 3) intelligent energy planning. In addition, projects on Vex V5 robots are included. Please review the Sample Engineering Projects (subject to change) and select one area that you are interested in working on.

· Smart Citizen Services
· Intelligent Transportation System
· Intelligent Energy Planning
· Vex V5 Robots (FIRST Compatible)

Student Eligibility and Application

Please click here to submit your application (including application form, transcript, one paragraph of statement of interests, contact info of one reference, and parents' consent) by Monday, April 12, 2021. The selection notice will be sent by Friday, Apr. 30, 2021.

If you have any question about the summer camp, please contact Dr. Mei Yang at: Mei.Yang@unlv.edu, or Dr. Shaoan Zhang at Shaoan.Zhang@unlv.edu.

UNLV | College of Engineering | ECE Department |Website Contact: Mei.Yang@unlv.edu