BOISE, IDAHO, JULY 26 2018 — Idaho Technology Council’s (ITC) Creative Computing for Refugee Students is currently holding their first camp at the Islamic Center of Boise. In partnership with Nilab Mousa, a Software Engineer with Clearwater Analytics, the ITC used a grant from Idaho STEM Action Center  to purchase 20 laptops and a charging cart to introduce young refugees to computational concepts and practices. Students use laptops and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s free Creative Computing with scratch curriculum to learn programming concepts. They also define, develop, and present meaningful, self-directed projects and have multiple opportunities for peer collaboration. This grant creates a clear opportunity to steer Idaho’s young refugees toward higher education and fields in the areas of STEM.
This free summer camp runs from July 23rd to August 9th every Monday through Thursday with 28 students registered from multiple faith backgrounds. While this camp is currently full Moussa and her team of volunteers plan to host more camps in the future at different locations throughout the valley.
 The mission of the Idaho Technology Council is to help companies in Idaho start, grow, and thrive. ITC’s member-driven organization includes partners ranging from growing companies, mid-size companies, and large corporations, all committed to the success of Idaho’s technology ecosystem. Through the leadership of this private sector, the ITC brings together industry, education, research, investment, and government throughout the state.
 The mission of Idaho STEM Action Center is to engineer innovative STEM opportunities for educators, students, communities and industry to build a competitive Idaho workforce and economy. Idaho STEM Action Center’s vision is to produce a STEM competitive workforce by implementing Idaho’s Kindergarten through Career STEM education programs aligned with industry needs.
 The Islamic Center of Boise (ICB) is a place of worship and a place to hold events for the Muslims of Boise and the surrounding area; all others are welcome to come and join us or sit back and observe our community. We have a vast community of Muslims from all over the world that come to the Islamic Center of Boise for worship and other activities. ICB also conducts various educational activities for children and adults.
If you would like more information about this topic, please call Nilab Mousa at 208-713-0099, or email firstname.lastname@example.org