Girls Bridging Communities: project based, collaborative, and connected learning for girls.

Girls Bridging Communities (GBC) summer camp took place the last two weeks of July at The Ellis School. Founded by Ellis Alumni Chelsea Canedy, 13′ and co-sponsored by The Ellis School, GBC engages middle school girls from across the Pittsburgh region to explore robotics, maker education and collaboration/leadership skills. Through peer mentoring, high school student role models and community partners like Carnegie Mellon University, ASSEMBLE and TechShop Pittsburgh, girls are engaged as experimenters, designers and makers. This summer girls explored a variety of STEM topics including programming a model of themselves with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.

Socioeconomic background has no influence on a students ability to attend the camp and monthly events throughout the school year. Students are given educational resources, lunches, snacks, field trips, and a way to apply their knowledge and inspire their peers to learn more about STEM programs.

Our mission is to spread the curriculum of The Ellis School, Pittsburgh’s only ages three through grade twelve independent school for girls, to all girls, ages eight through ten, in our community. The program aims to offer enriching summer and school-year experiences through project based learning, while also creating leadership positions for Ellis Juniors and Seniors.

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