|STEM camp at BGSU offers hands-on activities|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:09|
The American Associa-tion of University Women is offering four Tech Trek camps across the country this month to encourage girls to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
The camps will engage approximately 160 girls from Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida and Washington state.
Tech Trek, a week-long STEM camp for girls entering the eighth grade, will begin at Bowling Green State University Sunday.
The camp is designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM through classes, workshops, hands-on activities, and field trips.
Tech Trek has grown from one camp in California in 1998 to 10 successful camps on eight college campuses throughout the state today, and AAUW is now expanding the program nationally. Campers, who are about to enter the eighth grade, stay on college campuses for a week and perform experiments and other hands-on activities and interact with women role models who work in STEM fields.
Attendees are nominated by their seventh-grade math and science teachers, and many come from populations where STEM careers may not be an obvious choice. AAUW member volunteers fundraise to subsidize the cost of the camps for campers, and families pay a nominal fee for girls to attend and participate.
"To be globally competitive, the United States needs more people going into STEM fields," said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman.
"As 50 percent of the overall workforce but less than 25 percent of the STEM workforce, women need to be the focus of efforts to increase STEM participation in the United States. Encouraging an early interest in STEM for girls makes all the difference. Eighth grade is when a girl's interest can be either lost or enhanced for a lifetime. We want to make sure these girls know that they can be successful, and we hope that inspiring them leads to more women in the STEM pipeline."
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