Talking to students about summer programs and helping them to apply is an awesome way to ignite curiosity and to increase their confidence. Growing up, I participated twice in a summer science program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In the first program (med camp) I was 17 years old at the time and about to begin my first year of college. During the program, students were paired with physician mentors and were allowed to go on rounds, view surgeries (in my case an actual brain surgery), and to sit in on real medical school classes. It opened up my world, and I began to feel that anything was possible as long as I worked hard, had a success plan in place, and surrounded myself with supportive people. The funny thing is that I actually ran into my physician mentor last summer while visiting a relative in the hospital. He was tickled to see me and didn't give me a hard time when he learned that I ended up going to law school instead of medical school.
Whether the student is interested in the sciences, technology, math, etc, there's bound to be a program just for them. A quick internet search using the query "summer enrichment program" & teens & academic will jumpstart the research process.
I'm located in Arkansas and have listed information for my state.
Resource links for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences programs (for all ages):
UAMS. (2004, June 25). Summer Science Discovery Program provides learning opportunities to disadvantaged children. Retrieved from UAMS Summer Science Discovery Program Provides Learning Opportunities to Disadvantaged Children - University of Arkansa…
UAMS Regional Programs. (2015). M*A*S*H and C.H.A.M.P.S. Retrieved from http://ruralhealth.uams.edu/?id=9272&sid=32
U.A.M.S. (2015). MAPS Conference. Retrieved from http://cda.uams.edu/student-organizations/snma-edith-irby-jones-chapter/maps-conference/
Thanks for sharing Annette. I wish I had the opportunity to attend summer camp programs when I was a young girl many many moons ago. I did have the opportunity to participate in something similar as an adult and as a teacher at the University of Texas DTEACH program. Texas has similar campus specifically for girls. Great idea of posting, I will post some also.
Great, Vanessa! I'd like to learn more about those programs. With everyone sharing their Web links, we should have a pretty good list by the time the Feb. 24 webinar rolls around.
As a middle school student, I wanted to go to the Summer Math at Mt. Holyoke program. I was going to post a Web link for the program, but now I see that it is no longer running.
Here are some additional programs I located using the search query "summer programs" & girls & math & science
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program: http://girlswhocode.com/programs/
American Mathematical Society's list of summer programs: http://www.ams.org/programs/students/emp-mathcamps
Girls in STEM conference hosted by Girlstart is on April 11: http://www.girlstart.org/our-programs/girls-in-stem-conference
Girlstart also has a summer camps: http://www.girlstart.org/our-programs/summer-camp
Happy Engineers Week! What a great week to have this topic....the same week we celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day! At UT Austin, we will be hosting our 14th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with over 4,300 1st-8th grade girls registered, over 100 community partners/companies/student orgs/research groups/universities and community colleges/etc. leading hands-on, and over 800 volunteers expected on Saturday, February 28th (Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - Cockrell School of Engineering). Needless to say, empowering and inspiring young women about STEM possibilities is imbedded in the work that I do.
I'm excited to be one of the presenters for this webinar. This is a topic near and dear to my heart and one that I have been presenting on and practicing in for over 13 years. You can see my bio at Staff - Cockrell School of Engineering along with the fabulous team I work with at UT Austin in the Women in Engineering Program. I also lead the Texas Girls Collaborative Project and support the dissemination of best practices and resources to engage girls in STEM across Texas and beyond.
RESOURCES FOR ALL:
Resources that I share in presentations like this include the following:
- Effective Messaging Resources (http://txgcp.org/effective-stem-messaging-resou/) - Scroll down to the “Effective Messaging Resources” to find the Changing the Conversation effective messaging research report and toolkit, AAUW's Why so Few? Women in STEM report and other research reports on what images and words to use to engage girls (and all kids) in STEM.
- Add your program to the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Program Directory to gain access to mini-grants and other opportunities.
- Head to www.howtosmile.org for great hands-on STEM activities or visit http://txgcp.org/k-12-stem-outreach-hands-on-ac/ for our list of favorites that we use in our programs to engage girls in STEM. PBS SciGirls is one of our favorites!
- Role models are critical to engaging girls in STEM. Best practices in engaging role models and helping them be successful in their interactions with girls can be found through Techbridge's Role Models Matter (a curriculum we are disseminating across Texas) - Role Model Training and Resources : Techbridge – Inspiring Girls in Science, Technology and Engineering. PBS SciGirls, the National Girls Collaborative Project and Techbridge also partnered on a Role Model guide you can find at Role Models - SciGirls CONNECT.
RESOURCES FOR THOSE IN TEXAS:
The Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Led by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin as part of the National Girls Collaborative Project network, TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations, and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates.
TxGCP provides many opportunities for individuals and organizations across Texas to meet or reconnect, learn about each other’s work, and develop ways to work together to better serve girls and young women in STEM. TxGCP is disseminating Best Practices in Effective STEM Marketing and Messaging, PBS SciGirls STEM Curriculum, Techbridge Role Models Matter Curriculum, and Water Works Underwater LEGO Robotics Camp Curriculum across Texas. The TxGCP eNewsletter and social media provide information about upcoming TxGCP events, mini-grant opportunities, collaborations, news and K-12 STEM outreach across Texas. In addition, regional K-12 STEM Outreach Google Groups set up around the state provide connections, resources and a sense of community across the region.
K-12 STEM Outreach Google Groups - Join one of the regional Google Groups around Texas to get connected to resources, collaborators, funding, etc. - http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/ Please share with others who may want to be on the list!
Welcome everyone! My name is Kat Sauter and in this month's webinar I will be discussing what I have learned about engaging young women in science, technology, engineering and math in the middle school classroom. I will focus on the barriers that prevent young women from innovating and how educators can use project-based learning, design thinking, blended learning and making to expose girls to these fields in a way that appeals to the their desires for a career. I hope you enjoy the webinar, and feel free to get in touch with me with any questions through twitter @WeirdEdTech
I have eight years of experience in the public school system, and am currently teaching 8th grade STEM and science at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. The school serves 750 girls, 6th through 12th grade, 70% coming from title I elementary schools. This year, I entered the realm of STEAM and making when asked to establish our schools brand-new Makerspace. I am passionate about sharing best practices and strategies with other education professionals, and about the power technology has to transform education. You can read about what my students are doing at www.arsdesignlab.com.
Thank you all for joining! Here are some of the resources from my presentation:
Blog posts from my students:ARS Design Lab - Not Just Weekend Warriorsby Savannah C 8th Grade
Project Ventura – Engineering: It’s not just for Men by Darby B, Helen F, Nicole R & Vanessa L and 7th Grade
Tools & Tips:
Stanford dSchool's Crash Course on Design Thinking
Project H Design Toolbox (Great lesson plans for Maker Projects)
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have!