Data Science for Women Summer Camp

The Translational Data Analytics Institute hosts a free summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to data science and analytics–an exciting, fast-growing field centered on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data. Students who learn these skills can combine them with an unimaginably wide range of interests, from business and biology to health care and education, to city planning and social services–and they are in high demand by employers. Campers will:

  • Work in student teams and with mentors to develop analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Learn from scientists and students
  • Gain hands-on experience using data software, visualizing data, and giving presentations
  • Experience data science in use at TDAI, the Ohio State Planetarium, and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design
  • Explore educational and career opportunities in data science and analytics

For the first time in our history, we’re going virtual!  The 2020 camp will be held all online.  Apply by June 5, 2020!

Below is a highlights reel for the 2019 Summer Camp, as well as a podcast with The Past Foundation.


Check out our interview on the Learning Unboxed Podcast by The Past Foundation:

When is camp?×

The 2020 camp will be held over 3-4 days during the week of July 13-17, from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. each day.  Exact dates will be confirmed in late May/early June, so that campers can plan ahead.

Who should apply to camp?×

Young women who attend schools in Franklin County and will be entering grades 8, 9, or 10 in autumn 2020 are encouraged to apply. Students from Columbus City Schools or Metro Early College High School are especially encouraged to apply and are given first preference for camp slots.  We are increasing the number of camp slots to 45 this year, given the virtual format.

How much does it cost?×

The camp is free, though participants are required to attend all days of camp.

Campers should have access to a laptop/tablet and reliable wifi, as all camp sessions will be held online.  Anyone requiring special accommodations should email

How do I apply and when is the deadline?×

We are no longer accepting applications at this time. The deadline was Friday, June 5, 2020.

What will be included in an online version of camp?×

We’ve been working for more than a month to transition programming from in-person to virtual learning.  The program is still being developed, but each day of camp will include a wide range of activities including:

  • Fun data games
  • Interviews with men and women working in data analytics
  • Interactive team projects
  • Educational videos
  • Frequent breaks away from your screen

The full camp program will be sent to campers in early June.

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What: 2020 Data Science for Women Summer Camp
Where: Virtual / online
When: Week of July 13-17, 2020
Cost: The camp is free, although attendance all days is required.

TDAI is grateful for our Sponsors, Partners, and Advisory Board. Thank you for your support!

2020 Sponsors


TDAI is grateful for support from the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment and the Connect and Collaborate Grant.