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Best of Arlington 2019

Boolean Girl

Best STEM Camp

Photo courtesy of Boolean Girl

When co-founder Brian Moran first started talking about Boolean Girl, people advised him not to create a STEM camp exclusively for girls. Some doubted he’d be able to fill the roster, noting that most coed STEM camps were seeing enrollment from only one or two girls who didn’t return. Thankfully, Moran ignored that advice. Boolean Girl, created as a nonprofit in 2014, offers afterschool programs at area elementary schools, along with a popular summer camp for rising third- to eighth-graders that fosters a better understanding of sequencing and the “if/then” statements that are the building boxes of coding. Typically, boys are eager to build their game so they can play it, observes co-founder and chief strategy officer Ingrid Sanden. “Girls are more interested in the story behind the game and choosing an adventure. They want their story to be complex. Some will spend forever developing their character.”

–Lisa Rabasca Roepe